The Life of Jesus Author:Marcello Craveri This is a book about Jesus which attempts to reconstruct the truth about his life and work from every known scrap of information. It is a vast synoptic enterprise aimed at making the entire edifice of Bible scholarship available to the general reader. With clarity, grace, and objectivity, Dr. Craveri guides us through a most difficult labyrint... more »h of gospel and apocrypha; Catholic dogma, Jewish tradition, and Protestant theology; historical linguistics, anthropological and archaeological findings; and social and political history.
From Wikipedia: "Marcello Craveri (b 1914, Turin) was an Italian biblical scholar. He took his doctorate in 1940 and then saw military service.
His most widely read work probably is The Life of Jesus published in 1966, and in paperback English translation in 1967. On the biblical evidence, and the then-available evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Craveri concluded that the claims to divinity made by the historical Jesus were strictly limited and not unusual for a Jew of that generation. Much of the stronger claims, and the emphasis on the redeeming power of Christ's death on the Cross, could be seen as reworkings by St. Paul, who was probably influenced strongly by the Graeco-Roman traditions."« less