Jesus and the Gospels

Overview

This book offers an ideal introduction to the Gospels and explains why it is that scholars and lay people have such different understandings of the person of Jesus. By exploring the main sources for the life of Jesus, the Gospels, it becomes clear that any reconstruction of the life of Jesus has to make a number of decisions about the relationships between the Gospels, what they were trying to achieve and the trustworthiness of their sources. Jesus and the Gospels also shows how such issues as personal ...
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Overview

This book offers an ideal introduction to the Gospels and explains why it is that scholars and lay people have such different understandings of the person of Jesus. By exploring the main sources for the life of Jesus, the Gospels, it becomes clear that any reconstruction of the life of Jesus has to make a number of decisions about the relationships between the Gospels, what they were trying to achieve and the trustworthiness of their sources. Jesus and the Gospels also shows how such issues as personal commitments, church affiliation, social context and gender affect our interpretation of the Gospels and consequently our understanding of Jesus.
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Editorial Reviews

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The first edition of this book has already proved its worth to students beginning Gospel study. In this revised and expanded version its authors - experienced teachers of Theology and New Testament - offer a succinct, readable, and stimulating introduction. The writers maintain a good balance between more technical aspects of the subject (e.g., Gospel composition and relationships, "historical Jesus" issues) and matters of more general interest.

Moyise and Marsh have written a very useful student introduction to key issues in the critical study of Jesus and the Gospels. It does not leap straight in to the quest of the historical Jesus but helpfully surveys the relevant materials, and provides valuable summaries of the positions of major scholars. This is a concise, readable and appealing invitation to study Jesus and the Gospels.

Reviewed in International Review of Biblical Studies, 2007.

Methodist Recorder

It is for students and teachers... and should serve them well. The arrangement of topics is logical [and]... It is easy for students to use.
Journal for the study of the New Testament

The book clearly explains the issues involved for scholars in studying Jesus and the Gospels with chapters usually including conclusion/summary, further reading and question to aid readers.
Vol. 19 No. 1 Theological Book Review

This text is informative and well-written... each chapter is furnished with a solid conclusion, a bibliography for further reading, and further questions to consider. This text is a valuable introduction to the Gospels and equips the reader with a framework that will prove useful for further studies in the Gospels.
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Meet the Author

Clive Marsh is Director of Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester, UK.

Steve Moyise is Professor of New Testament at the University of Chicester, UK.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Mark's Gospel 9
3 Matthew's Gospel 23
4 Luke's Gospel 36
5 John's Gospel 49
6 Apocryphal Gospels 61
7 The quest for the historical Jesus 70
8 Jesus : prophet of the coming kingdom 81
9 Jesus : teacher and sage 92
10 Political and ethical interpretations of Jesus 105
11 Jesus in art, media and culture 118
12 How Christology works : the Gospels in practice 127
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