Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study

Overview

Knowing the historical and cultural background of the Bible is crucial to properly understanding and interpreting it. But the passing of 2,000 years often prevents today's reader from fully understanding the significance of various actions and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. For example, the radical nature of Jesus's healings on the Sabbath may go unnoticed without an awareness of first-century Jewish teaching on what was and was not permissible.

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Overview

Knowing the historical and cultural background of the Bible is crucial to properly understanding and interpreting it. But the passing of 2,000 years often prevents today's reader from fully understanding the significance of various actions and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. For example, the radical nature of Jesus's healings on the Sabbath may go unnoticed without an awareness of first-century Jewish teaching on what was and was not permissible.

Pastors and other serious Bible students may not have access to important early writings that would provide this background, nor the time to wade through volumes of source material to find relevant tidbits. This unique reference work gathers into one handy volume the key extrabiblical texts that provide the necessary background for passages in the Gospels, along with introductory comments by the editors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027192
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrell L. Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of many books, including the two-volume commentary on Luke in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, Jesus according to Scripture, and Studying the Historical Jesus.

Gregory J. Herrick (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is a researcher and writer with the Biblical Studies Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The four gospels : distinctive voices
1 Overviews of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John 27
Pt. 2 Jesus according to the synoptists
2 The birth and childhood of Jesus 37
3 The backdrop to Jesus' ministry 57
4 The initial portrait of Jesus' Galilean ministry 72
5 Jesus' teaching on relating to God and others 83
6 More Galilean ministry 93
7 From kingdom teaching to confession 107
8 Confession and prediction 118
9 Toward Jerusalem 123
10 Continuing toward Jerusalem 145
11 The Passion week 150
Pt. 3 Jesus according to John
12 Introducing Jesus in John's gospel 205
13 The book of signs 208
14 The book of glory 237
Pt. 4 A theological portrait of Jesus
15 Major themes in the evangelists' portrait of Jesus' theology 255
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