We Have Found the Messiah
How the Disciples Help Us Answer the Davidic Messianic Question
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Deftly sidestepping the usual path of trying to determine Jesus' 'self-understanding' or 'intentions,' Zolondek instead offers a reasoned case that, whatever his intentions, Jesus' ministry excited messianic hopes among his followers. Zolondek succeeds in the improbable objective of making a fresh contribution to studies of 'the historical Jesus.'"
--L. W. Hurtado, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology, School of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh
"Who did Jesus claim to be? This is surely one of the most important questions in New Testament scholarship. Since Jesus left no writings behind, we have to rely on documents written by his early followers. These followers proclaimed Jesus to be the Messiah, the Son of God. But is this proclamation the one that Jesus himself intended? In this new book Michael Zolondek takes up this very question and makes a convincing case that Jesus' earliest disciples had already identified him as Messiah before the events of his crucifixion and resurrection. The simplest explanation for their messianic faith is that it was instilled in them by Jesus himself. Zolondek's book is fully abreast of the latest scholarship and his conclusions are clear and compelling."
--Erik Larson, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Florida International University