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The title of this volume only hints at the rich offerings inside. Impatient with the sloppy contemporary use of the word gospel in both ecclesial and scholarly settings, Stanton undertakes a rich correction, beginning with a discussion of the word in its earliest Christian contexts and concluding with a study of the Christian adoption of the codex for the Gospels and other writings.

This welcome study of the high priest Caiaphas first attempts to reconstruct what can be known of his life and circumstances and then examines the various presentations of the priest in the Gospels. The result is a glimpse into the complexities involved in understanding early Judaism. As lucid and engaging as it is learned, Caiaphas would work well for an adult education course, providing a much-needed alternative to the sensational presentations on offer elsewhere.


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