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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 ...
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Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods

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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: 9781585585960
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 340,837
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Darrell L. Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Research Professor in New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of more than ten books, including the two-volume BECNT commentary on Luke.
Darrell L. Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) executive director for cultural engagement at the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he also serves as research professor of New Testament studies. 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.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7
Preface 9
Abbreviations 11
Introduction: Sources of Our Knowledge 13
Part 1 Jesus in His Cultural Context 43
1. Nonbiblical Literary Evidence for Jesus 45
2. A Basic Chronology of Jesus' Life 65
3. Political History 79
4. Sociocultural History 107
Part 2 Methods for Studying the Gospels 137
5. The Three Quests for the Historical Jesus 141
6. Historical Criticism 153
7. Source Criticism 163
8. Form Criticism 181
9. Redaction Criticism 189
10. Tradition Criticism 199
11. Narrative Criticism and Gospel Genre 205
Selected Bibliography 217
Subject Index 221
Scripture Index 227
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