Jesus and the Jewish Nation was one of the groundbreaking works that facilitated a new phase in the study of the subject, according to N. T. Wright, whose book Jesus and the Victory of God is built much on foundations laid by Caird.
George Bradford “G. B.” Caird, D.Phil., D.D., FBA (17 July 1917 – 21 April 1984) was an English churchman, theologian, humanitarian, and biblical scholar. At the time of his death he was Dean Ireland’s Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford.
Caird’s career-long preoccupation with the Historical Jesus, known from his commentary on The Gospel of St. Luke and showcased at the end of New Testament Theology, is also reflected in his shorter works Jesus and the Jewish Nation and “Eschatology and Politics: Some Misconceptions,” among others.
His claim in particular that Jesus’s friction with the Pharisees reflected a legitimate, contemporary…
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