Unraveling the Family History of Jesus

A History of the Extended Family of Jesus from 100 BC through AD 100 and the Influence They Had on Him, on the Formation of Christianity, and on the History of Judea

by Steven Donald Norris



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/11/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 484
ISBN : 9781512720501
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 484
ISBN : 9781512720518
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 484
ISBN : 9781512720495

About the Book

Unraveling the Family History of Jesus approaches Jesus as an historical figure and sheds light on the details of the settings, the circumstances, and the context in which His family lived. Steven Donald Norris—drawing upon a wide array of sources—brings to this work an historian’s sensibility of the broad sweep of events and a genealogist’s eye for capturing the fine nuances that make a family’s own story unique.

Typical theological treatments of Jesus tend to regard Him as the Messiah because the New Testament identifies Him as a “son of David.” Unraveling the Family History of Jesus digs into the background and lineage of Jesus and, by uncovering the setting in life—Sitz im Leben—of His family, shows precisely how Jesus was a son of David and how He—by right—ought to be acclaimed “King of the Jews.” In addition, this work documents the connections tying Jesus’s extended family to several historical figures who played prominent roles in the destruction of Jerusalem.

Norris’ work provides fresh insights that arise from meticulous reexaminations of existing historical sources. It traces the family ties binding Jesus’s forebears and His extended family to one another and to Jesus Himself and tells how this family’s influence changed the course of human history.

About the Author

Steven Donald Norris studied graduate-level theology at The School of Theology, Claremont, California. Nearing retirement after a career in the secular market, he has combined his avocational interest in genealogy with his research into the history of the family of Jesus. He lives in the mountains above San Bernardino, California.