Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels by InterVarsity Press, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels

Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels

by InterVarsity Press

View All Available Formats & Editions

1993 ECPA Gold Medallion (Reference Text)

1993 Christianity Today Critics' Choice Award

The 2014 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner (Bible Reference)

2014 Readers' Choice Award Winner

Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (Gospels and Jesus)

The second edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels is a thoroughly reconstructed


1993 ECPA Gold Medallion (Reference Text)

1993 Christianity Today Critics' Choice Award

The 2014 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner (Bible Reference)

2014 Readers' Choice Award Winner

Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (Gospels and Jesus)

The second edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels is a thoroughly reconstructed and revised version of the critically acclaimed 1992 first edition. Since that groundbreaking volume was published, a wave of Jesus and Gospel scholarship has crested and broken on the shores of a new century.

Jesus has been proposed as sage, shaman, revolutionary, marginal Jew, Mediterranean peasant or a prophet of Israel's restoration. The non-canonical Gospels have been touted, examined and reassessed. There are revised understandings of historiography, orality, form criticism, empire and more. The second edition of the DJG amply weighs and assess the gains and shortcomings of this new scholarship.

Here is a self-contained reference library of information and perspective essential to exploring Jesus and the Gospels. This volume bridges the gap between scholars and those pastors, teachers, students and interested readers who want thorough treatments of key topics in an accessible and summary format. Articles cover each Gospel, major themes in the Gospels, key episodes in the life of Jesus, significant background topics, as well as issues and methods of interpretation.

Among other benefits, it allows multiple opportunities for each of the Gospels to be weighed and heard in its own voice. Bibliographies are full and up to date, putting readers in touch with the best work in the field. All of this allows the articles to serve as launching pads for further research.

When the first edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels was published, it was immediately recognized as an innovative reference work. By taking a particular corpus of biblical books and exploring it with in-depth articles written by specialists in the field, it refashioned a staple reference genre. This dictionary model has now been applied to each segment of the biblical canon in successive volumes.

Those who have enjoyed and benefitted from the wealth in the first edition will find the second edition an equally indispensable companion to study and research. Over ninety percent of the articles have been completely rewritten, and the rest thoroughly revised and updated. Here is the doorway into a reliable and comprehensive summary and appraisal of the last twenty years of Jesus scholarship. A new generation of scholars has opened the way to make this a Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels for the twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews

P. L. Redditt
"The articles are carefully written, edited, and indexed, and they end with a bibliography. They will lead serious readers (including nonspecialists) through various issues, including thorny ones, to plausible, defensible understandings. Highly recommended."
Rev. Dr. Bob Robinson
"[A]n excellent resource for those who really want to go deeper into the Gospels and the Messiah to whom they faithfully witness."
Robert W. Yarbrough
"This dictionary splendidly succeeds at giving a snapshot of scholarly evangelical assessment of Jesus and Gospels studies circa the years leading up to its publication date. . . . no single volume can cover all that might and should be said about Jesus, the Gospels, our knowledge of them, and their implications for us and our world (cf. John 21:25). Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels comes as close as could be hoped and deserves a wide usage."
Ben Witherington III
"For over a decade now, I have assigned my NT Introduction students articles from the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. It has become a standard, and very popular, reference work on the subject. I am very pleased to see that now we have a second edition of this useful tool so that a further generation of Bible students can benefit. Not only do I highly recommend this volume, I require my students to read it!"
Larry W. Hurtado
"Since its initial publication, the Dictionary of Jesus as the Gospels has been a key reference work that I've recommended often, and in this revised and updated edition it will surely continue to have my recommendation. It is a handy desk reference for scholars, and an informative introduction and overview of a multitude of topics for students and general readers."

Craig L. Blomberg
"Twenty years ago IVP began its groundbreaking series of dictionaries on large segments of the Bible with an outstanding volume on Jesus and the Gospels. To keep current with scholarship, the articles have now been completely reworked and updated. Very few articles are written by the people who wrote them originally, a number of new entries have been added and a few deleted, and the emphasis on the distinctives of the four Evangelists is even greater than before. The contributors represent an 'all-star' cast of contemporary, largely evangelical scholars, with noticeably greater representation by women and minorities. No serious student of Scripture will want to be without this volume."
Daniel B. Wallace
"The IVP Dictionaries were an instant classic when they began to appear over two decades ago. They are inevitably the first volumes I turn to for current discussions on a variety of New Testament topics. Written by critical scholars who have an evangelical faith commitment, they provide quick yet comprehensive access to a myriad of topics of interest to students of the New Testament. The second edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels continues the tradition of accessible scholarship: it includes superb articles, a good number of which are written by cutting-edge scholars on their respective topics. The list of contributors is a veritable who's who of evangelical Gospels scholarship. I enthusiastically welcome this revised edition and will keep it within easy reach for trustworthy entrées into the world of the Evangelists and their Lord."
Kevin J. Vanhoozer
"The editors have matched the most important topics on the most important subject in the world with the people best qualified to write on them. Each article in this wonderful Dictionary is, if not an education, then an online course in itself."
Murray Rae
"Nourished especially by the evangelical tradition and yet well informed by wider debates and perspectives, this extensively updated edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels is sure to continue the success of the first edition in providing for its readers clear, scholarly guidance on the themes, characters and major hermeneutical issues that one meets in reading the four Gospels. Its clear and accessible arrangement, supporting bibliographies and substantial treatments of its chosen topics render the Dictionary an invaluable resource for beginning students and established scholars alike."
Michael J. Gorman
"With careful attention to the historical, literary and theological dimensions of nearly two hundred topics
(plus up-to-date bibliographies), this group of distinguished scholars of Jesus and the Gospels sheds new light and offers perceptive insight on every page. Like its predecessor volume, this readable and reliable dictionary will be eminently useful to students, preachers, teachers and scholars for many years to come."
Peter J. Williams
"This new edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, made by a star-studded list of contributors, contains a wealth of material that scholars, seminarians, pastors and laypeople will not be able to find anywhere else so conveniently. The editorial decision to focus on substantial articles allows an unusual depth to discussions. An already classic dictionary is now set to become a new classic."
Library Journal
Organized alphabetically, this comprehensive accounting of terms, people, places, and concepts central to the contemporary study of Jesus and the gospels of the New Testament contains entries that each span several pages. The pieces offer a summary paragraph and, often, various subparagraphs that delve deeper into the concept. For example, under "Apostle" are meanings of the term, its use in the New Testament, descriptions of each of Jesus's disciples, and so forth. The entries are well organized, and each concept is well described. In its prefatory material, the dictionary contains a listing, several pages long, of abbreviations used throughout, transliteration of Hebrew and Greek terms, and an alphabetical listing of contributors, most of whom are published and have doctoral degrees. There are also several indexes, including one of scripture that cites the pages upon which various passages of both the Old and the New Testament appear, as well as the expected subject index. VERDICT This dictionary will be valuable to college students, seminarians, and anyone else engaged in the contemporary study of Jesus, Christianity, and the Bible. Without engaging visuals, it is not as suitable for those who have only a general interest in these topics.—Annette Haldeman, Dept. of Legislative Svcs., Maryland General Assembly, Annapolis

Product Details

InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
The IVP Bible Dictionary Series
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 2.60(d)

Meet the Author

Joel B. Green (B.S., M.Th., Ph.D.) is professor of New Testament interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary. He was vice president of academic affairs, provost and professor of New Testament interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Prior to his appointment at Asbury in 1997, he was associate professor of New Testament at the American Baptist Seminary of the West/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
His books include What about the Soul? Neuroscience and Christian Anthropology (Abingdon, 2004); Narrative Reading, Narrative Preaching: The Recovery of Narrative and Preaching the New Testament (Baker, 2003); Salvation (Chalice, 2003); Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology (with Paul Achtemeier and Marianne Meye Thompson, 2001); Beginning with Jesus: Christ in Scripture, the Church and Discipleship (2000); Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament and Contemporary Contexts (with Mark Baker, 2000); Between Two Horizons: Spanning New Testament Studies and Systematic Theology (with Max Turner, 2000) and The Gospel of Luke in the New International Commentary on the New Testament (1997).
For over 20 years, Green has been the editor of Catalyst, a journal providing evangelical resources and perspectives to United Methodist seminarians. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, he has pastored churches in Texas, Scotland and Northern California. He has also served on the boards of Berkeley Emergency Food and Housing Project, and RADIX magazine.

Jeannine K. Brown is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary and teaches for Bethel's San Diego and St. Paul campuses. Her areas of interest include biblical hermeneutics, the Gospels, 1 Peter and issues of contextualization.

Brown is the author of Scripture as Communication (Baker, 2007) and Disciples in Narrative Perspective (SBL, 2002). She contributed to the Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary and is currently writing two commentaries on Matthew.

Nicholas Perrin holds the Franklin S. Dyrness Chair of Biblical Studies at the Wheaton College Graduate School. Between 2000 and 2003, he was research assistant for N.T. Wright.

He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books, including Thomas: The Other Gospel (Westminster John Knox, 2007), Lost in Transmission: What We Can Know about the Words of Jesus (Thomas Nelson, 2007) and most recently Jesus the Temple (Baker Academic and SPCK, 2010).

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >