Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ

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In Jesus the Messiah, Robert H. Stein draws together the results of a career of research and writing on Jesus and the Gospels. Every episode in the life of Jesus is here treated with historical care and attention to its significance for understanding the life and ministry of Jesus. Clearly written, ably argued and geared to the needs of students, Jesus the Messiah will give inquiring minds a sure grounding in the life and ministry of Jesus.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stein, professor of New Testament at Bethel Theological Seminary, here attempts to remove the study of the life and work of Jesus of Nazareth from the realm of historical-critical study that has marked the quest for the historical Jesus from Albert Schweitzer to the Jesus Seminar. Stein declares that Jesus' supernatural nature, confirmed through Jesus' miracle-working ability, is the proper starting point for a study of the life of Christ. It is necessary, he argues, to speak of the Jesus of faith rather than merely a historical figure whose life may be dissected by the scalpel of academic criticism. Rather than engage in polemics, Stein very carefully examines every episode in the life of Jesus, from his birth through his boyhood to his death and resurrection, in a quest to understand the life and ministry of Jesus in its first-century context as well as its meaning for 20th-century culture. Stein's thoroughly researched and well-informed study of the life of Jesus offers a good introduction for any reader interested in the historical Jesus. Nov.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830818846
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/1996
  • Pages: 290
  • Sales rank: 240,862
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert H. Stein is senior professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

He is the author of An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus, The Method and Message of Jesus' Teachings, Difficult Passages in the New Testament, Luke (New American Commentary), A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, Studying the Synoptic Gospels: Origin and Interpretation and The Synoptic Problem: An Introduction.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations 9
Preface 10
Introduction 11
Pt. 1 Key Issues in Studying the Life of Christ 15
1 Where You Start Determines Where You Finish: The Role of Presuppositions in Studying the Life of Jesus 17
2 Where Can We Go? Sources for Studying the Life of Jesus 25
3 When Did All This Take Place? The Problem of Chronology 51
Pt. 2 The Life of Christ 61
4 Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary: How It All Started 63
5 What Was the Boy Jesus Really Like? The Silent Years 81
6 The Baptism of Jesus: The Anointing of the Anointed 90
7 The Temptation of Jesus: The Battle Begun, the Path Decided 102
8 The Call of the Disciples: You Shall Be My Witnesses 112
9 The Message of Jesus: "The Kingdom of God Has Come to You" 123
10 The Person of Jesus: "Who Then Is This, That Even the Wind & the Sea Obey Him?" 141
11 The Events of Caesarea Philippi: The Turning Point 156
12 The Transfiguration: A Glimpse of the Future 167
13 The Triumphal Entry: Israel's King Enters Jerusalem 177
14 The Cleansing of the Temple: God's House - a Den of Thieves 185
15 The Last Supper: Jesus Looks to the Future 197
16 Gethsemane, Betrayal & Arrest: God's Will, Human Treachery & Governmental Evil 214
17 The Trial: The Condemning of the Innocent 224
18 Suffered Under Pontius Pilate, Dead & Buried: Despised & Rejected, a Man of Suffering 241
19 The Resurrection: "Why Do You Look for the Living Among the Dead?" 259
Index of Subjects 279
Index of References 282
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