Gospels and Jesus / Edition 2

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"Jesus of Nazareth and the four New Testament gospels continue to fascinate people from many cultural and religious backgrounds. Who was Jesus? Are Christian claims about him supported by solid historical evidence? How reliable are the evangelists portraits of Jesus which were written some forty to fifty years after his crucifixion? These questions can be explored only on the basis of a sound grasp of the intensions and methods of the four evangelists. The Gospels and Jesus provides a clear and scholarly introduction to this subject, showing how the evangelists are concerned with both the story and the significance of Jesus of Nazareth. Particular attention is paid throughout to appropriate methods for careful study of the gospels and the historical Jesus." This new edition has been fully updated to take into account recent scholarly discussion, including literary approaches to the gospels, developments in the use of archaeological evidence, methods for reconstructing the teaching of Jesus, and an increased focus on the Gospel of Thomas.
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"A useful review....Alertly sifting the wide range of scholarly opinion and making place for informed and confident use of the Gospels."--Russ Spittler, Fuller Seminary

"Excellent scholarship yet communicated in such a way that the non-specialist can benefit."--William F. Cook, Florida Baptist Theological College

"An informative and readable manual for those seeking an up-to-date introduction to Gospel studies."--Justin A. Pierce, Silver Lake College

"Very well done. Gives the reader a sampling of rivel interpretations while introducing him or her to the basic problems and principles of New Testament study. Well organized and clearly written."--John C. Moore, Hofstra University

"Readable and comprehensive in scope."--Clayton N. Jefford, St. Meinrad School of Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199246168
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Oxford Bible Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 901,423
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I
1. From the Gospels to Jesus
2. What is a gospel?
3. Mark's gospel: The way of Jesus
4. Matthew's gospel: The way of righteousness
5. Luke's gospel: God's way triumphs
6. John's gospel: 'I am the way'
7. Why four gospels?
8. Part II: Jesus in Gospel tradition What do we know about Jesus of Nazareth?
9. Assessing the evidence
10. John the Baptist
11. Prophet and teacher
12. The Kingdom of God
13. Parables and aphorisms
14. Miracles and exorcisms
15. Messiah, Son of God, Son of Man
16. Conflict
17. The last days
18. Who was Jesus of Nazareth?
Index of passages cited
General index

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