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Frank Kermode: The Nativity

4 January 2007
The Nativity: History and Legend 
by Geza Vermes.
Penguin, 177 pp., £7.99, November 2006, 0 14 102446 1
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... scholars, whose exertions are unrelenting. Before the appearance of this little book by Geza Vermes I’d have advised anybody showing an interest in these matters to consult Raymond Brown’s The Birth of the Messiah, a work of some six hundred pages which, like all Brown’s numerous publications, is a monument to his indefatigable though ...

Did It Happen on 9 April?

Frank Kermode: The Resurrection

20 March 2008
The Resurrection 
by Geza Vermes.
Penguin, 168 pp., £7.99, March 2008, 978 0 14 103005 0
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... who had died between the death of Jesus and the postponed but imminent day of judgment. As Geza Vermes remarks, he seems not to have given any thought to the very large numbers of dead between Adam and his own day. Paul summons other arguments and witnesses against the incredulous. The Christ who rose on the third day was seen by Cephas (alias ...
3 December 1992
Jesus 
by A.N. Wilson.
Sinclair-Stevenson, 269 pp., £15, September 1992, 1 85619 114 1
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... to his authorities in the field and the liveliness of the quotations he selects from their works. Geza Vermes, author of Jesus the Jew, is his clear favourite. I can see why, if only from the Professor’s description of the formal debate between Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus and his colleagues, in the first century: ‘Having exhausted his arsenal of ...
9 September 1993
The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered 
by Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise.
Element, 286 pp., £14.95, November 1992, 0 85230 368 8
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... might well have drawn? A strong case to the contrary has been made by the Oxford Scrolls scholar Geza Vermes in a quietly devastating review of the Eisenman/Wise volume in the TLS. Before proceeding to my own difficulties with The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered, let me summarise Vermes’s telling objections. Eisenman and ...

The snake slunk off

Diarmaid MacCulloch: Jesus the Zealot

9 October 2013
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth 
by Reza Aslan.
Westbourne, 296 pp., £17.99, August 2013, 978 1 908906 27 4
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... would have learned much the same and more from the many masterly works on Jesus and Judaism by Geza Vermes, or from Martin Goodman’s thrillingly epic overview of the same period, Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilisations. Aslan writes clearly and sensibly, though he is overfond of snappy two-word punchlines as narrative punctuation, and ...

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