Recovering Jesus: The Witness of the New Testament

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"Thomas Yoder Neufeld has provided readers with 'the raw material and some of the skill with which to jump into the fray' of the debates about Jesus. This highly readable book has been carefully honed through years of undergraduate teaching by a scholar who often preaches and teaches in church settings. Well informed and with enviable clarity, Neufeld presents the fruit of the best critical Jesus scholarship--hospitable for students in the pluralistic context of the university classroom. Anyone interested in the Jesus we encounter in the New
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Overview

"Thomas Yoder Neufeld has provided readers with 'the raw material and some of the skill with which to jump into the fray' of the debates about Jesus. This highly readable book has been carefully honed through years of undergraduate teaching by a scholar who often preaches and teaches in church settings. Well informed and with enviable clarity, Neufeld presents the fruit of the best critical Jesus scholarship--hospitable for students in the pluralistic context of the university classroom. Anyone interested in the Jesus we encounter in the New Testament will turn these pages with great interest and profit."--Graham H. Twelftree, Regent University

"Tom Yoder Neufeld is an outstanding writer! An extraordinarily engaging teacher, Tom guides us with gripping vitality on an invigorating and exhilarating tour through the biblical accounts. Throughout the adventure he achieves the perfect voice--undergirding our faith even as he imparts necessary skills to sort through various scholarly debates concerning Jesus. This exceptional book is superb for both new and seasoned students of the Scriptures."--Marva J. Dawn, author of Talking the Walk

"Recovering Jesus is a difficult task in our day. Skeptical words abound on many sides. Thomas Yoder Neufeld does a good and accessible job of clearing the decks and showing the way in this introduction to Jesus and his teaching in the context of the scholarly cacophony that surrounds Jesus. Nicely done."--Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Not just another Jesus book, Thomas Yoder Neufeld's Recovering Jesus integrates sound scholarship with a profound and reflective faith. Written with a wide spectrum of contemporary college students in mind, Yoder Neufeld's accessible and engaging prose will also attract thoughtful laypeople as well as busy church leaders. His centering the Jesus story in the ethic and theology of the kingdom of God is not only refreshingly true to the heart of our written Gospels but will be especially helpful for those who long to follow Jesus in life. Few scholars of Yoder Neufeld's breadth and depth write with this clarity of thought and joy in discipleship."--Mary Schertz, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

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Editorial Reviews

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Can history and theology be reconciled? The New Testament contains the story of a man, Jesus; it is a primary historical source for our knowledge of his life, death and alleged resurrection. But it also has been the basis for 2,000 years of theological speculation and doctrinal formation. As Neufeld puts it, "theology has had to contend with history," and "history has had to contend with theology." There are sources outside the Bible that inform us about the context in which Jesus was born and into which his movement blossomed into Christianity. The author, associate professor of religious studies at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, mines the depths of New Testament writings and other contemporary sources, looking to effect this reconciliation and to present Jesus as a real person in real history. His subject is complex, but he succeeds nicely in simplifying terms and explaining difficult ideas in understandable language. Describing himself as both a "believer and a scholar," Neufeld finds the real Jesus in both history and theology. Readers at all levels will enjoy this fine volume. (Aug.)

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Neufeld (New Testament & peace/conflict studies, theology; Conrad Grebel Univ. Coll., Univ. of Waterloo, Ont.) provides a very helpful introduction to the New Testament, its contemporary scholarship, and its cultural milieu. His introduction outlines the most critical issues, their importance both to biblical studies and to Christian theology, and the chief arguments supporting and opposing various conclusions. Neufeld's Christian commitment and fair-mindedness are evident as he considers various sorts of first-century evidence-canonical, noncanonical, and oral tradition, as well as Jewish and Roman influences. He is especially adept at comparing the four canonical gospels. Each chapter is supplemented by suggestions for further reading and a list of key terms and concepts. The book is engagingly written and guides both believers and nonbelievers into analytic and exegetical thought. Neufeld's own position is centrist: finding both historical probabilities and symbolic and theological language in the New Testament, he encourages readers to come to their own conclusions. Highly recommended for academic, seminary, and public libraries.
—Carolyn M. Craft

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587432026
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld (ThD, Harvard Divinity School) is associate professor of religious studies (New Testament) and peace and conflict studies at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. He is also director of graduate theological studies at Conrad Grebel.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1. One Jesus or Many Jesuses? 2. Development of Jesus Traditions: Digging through the Layers
3. One Jesus--Four Gospels
4. Jesus's World
5. Birth of Jesus
6. Kingdom of God: What? Where? When?
7. Announcing the Kingdom: John, Baptism, Testing, and the Twelve 8. Teaching the Kingdom: Parables 9. Enacting the Kingdom: Healing, Exorcism, and Food
10. Living the Kingdom: Seek First the Kingdom of God and Its Justice! 11. Death of Jesus
12. Resurrection of Jesus 13. Jesus--Christ and Lord
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