Jesus and the Temple


“Joseph presents a radical Jesus, who had a more wide-ranging programme of reforming Jewish religion than simply that of calling people back to wholehearted obedience. The ideas presented in this study are likely to generate significant discussion.”

—Paul Foster
The Expository Times 

“There is much to be commended in this book. Jesus and the Temple is a very readable and well-researched investigation into the circumstances of Jesus’s death. The argument is easy to follow, and Joseph’s analysis of both the primary and secondary literature is salutary. Even better, Joseph produces a consistent argument . . . an engaging read and one full of tantalizing possibilities. Joseph’s arguments deserve to be taken seriously by anyone interested in the study of the historical Jesus and the question of why he died.”

—Timothy Wardle
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

“Joseph demonstrates a remarkable knowledge of the scholarly material, and the erudition on display means that his study will undoubtedly serve as a core resource for all subsequent work on sacrificial imagery in the NT.”

—Grant Macaskill
Journal for the Study of the New Testament

“Joseph argues an intriguing and innovative thesis . . . Joseph’s thesis is cogently argued throughout . . . Joseph has performed a helpful service to scholarship in making this innovative and thoughtful proposal. Many will benefit from critically engaging with this volume.”

—David W. Chapman
Journal of Theological Studies

“Joseph’s contribution on sacrifice and the different Jewish/Jewish-Christian positions in the first century is illuminating … This provoking and thorough study contributes greatly to studies on the historical Jesus.”

—Ruben van Wingerden
JNTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion

“An insightful and original study about the historical context of Jesus’ death . . . comprehensive and convincing . . . an excellent scholarly work on the historical Jesus and an insightful resource for both undergraduate and graduate courses on the topic.”

—Yongbom Lee
Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society