Gerd Theissen is Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and the author of The Religion of the Earliest Churches (Fortress Press, 1999) and The Shadow of the Galilean (Fortress Press, 1987). He is co-author of The Historical Jesus: A Comprehensive Guide (Fortress Press, 1988) and a co-editor of The Social Setting of Jesus and the Gospels (Fortress Press, 2001).
"An achievement in 'narrative theology,' illuminating the social world of Jesus from rich sources and imaginative reconstruction, Theissen's book combines scholarship and story. The author supplements his fictional creations with letters to a professorial colleague, Dr. Kratzinger, illuminating methodology. The book should be a boon to preachers on the Gospels."- John Reumann, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia