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Eminent New Testament scholar Evans (Acadia Divinity Coll.) has gathered an international body of 110 contributors to produce this detailed overview of the last 50 years of research into the historical Jesus. The 227 entries take a wide-ranging, holistic look at the historical Jesus, drawing from a variety of disciplines, including history, archaeology, rhetoric, and classics. Entries examine not only Jesus's teachings and the events, institutions, and people associated with him but also the broader sociocultural context of his historical world. Other entries are devoted to the New Testament and related literatures and discuss genres, rhetorical styles, and content. Historiography is covered in the examination of major scholars, theoretical issues, and the variety of methods and criteria used in the study of the historical Jesus. Entries vary in length from one page to seven and usually begin with a definition of the topic and end with a discussion of its significance. The clear, clean writing style further helps general readers navigate the often complex and contentious issues discussed. Each entry ends with an often extensive bibliography. An A-to-Z entry list, a thematic entry list, and an extensive analytic index give readers multiple access points to information.