Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods

Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods

by Darrell L. Bock
     
 

ISBN-10: 080102451X

ISBN-13: 9780801024511

Pub. Date: 07/01/2002

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

Interest in the historical Jesus continues to occupy much of today's discussion of the Bible. The vexing question is how the Jesus presented in the Gospels relates to the Jesus that actually walked this earth.

Studying the Historical Jesus
is an introductory guide to how one might go about answering that question by doing historical inquiry into the…  See more details below

Overview

Interest in the historical Jesus continues to occupy much of today's discussion of the Bible. The vexing question is how the Jesus presented in the Gospels relates to the Jesus that actually walked this earth.

Studying the Historical Jesus
is an introductory guide to how one might go about answering that question by doing historical inquiry into the material found in the Gospels. Darrell Bock introduces the sources of our knowledge about Jesus, both biblical and extra-biblical. He then surveys the history and culture of the world of Jesus. The final chapters introduce some of the methods used to study the Gospels, including historical, redaction, and narrative criticisms.

Bock, a well respected author, provides an informed evangelical alternative to radical projects like the Jesus Seminar. His audience, however, is not limited only to evangelicals. This book, written for college and seminary courses, offers an informed scholarly approach that takes the Gospels seriously as a source of historical information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801024511
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,087,464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations7
Preface9
Abbreviations11
Introduction: Sources of Our Knowledge13
Part 1Jesus in His Cultural Context43
1.Nonbiblical Literary Evidence for Jesus45
2.A Basic Chronology of Jesus' Life65
3.Political History79
4.Sociocultural History107
Part 2Methods for Studying the Gospels137
5.The Three Quests for the Historical Jesus141
6.Historical Criticism153
7.Source Criticism163
8.Form Criticism181
9.Redaction Criticism189
10.Tradition Criticism199
11.Narrative Criticism and Gospel Genre205
Selected Bibliography217
Subject Index221
Scripture Index227

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