Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods

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Interest in the historical Jesus continues to drive much of today's discussion of the Gospels. 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 to 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 extrabiblical. He then surveys the history and culture of...
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Overview

Interest in the historical Jesus continues to drive much of today's discussion of the Gospels. 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 to 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 extrabiblical. 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, source, form, redaction, and narrative criticisms. Bock offers an informed, scholarly approach that takes the Gospels seriously as a source of historical information. By doing so, he provides a sound alternative to the skeptical or radical approaches to Jesus that frequently make the headlines.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780851112732
  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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.

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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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