The Blackwell Companion to Jesus

The Blackwell Companion to Jesus

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by Delbert Burkett
     
 

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By any standard -- religious and secular alike -- Jesus has been one of the most dominant figures of Western culture for 2,000 years. The Blackwell Companion to Jesus spans the centuries to explore the diverse ways in which Jesus of Nazareth has been imagined or portrayed from the beginnings of Christianity to the present day.

Through a comprehensive

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By any standard -- religious and secular alike -- Jesus has been one of the most dominant figures of Western culture for 2,000 years. The Blackwell Companion to Jesus spans the centuries to explore the diverse ways in which Jesus of Nazareth has been imagined or portrayed from the beginnings of Christianity to the present day.

Through a comprehensive series of essays reflecting the most recent scholarship, the volume considers the myriad images of Jesus that have arisen throughout history, offering an objective assessment of how and why these portrayals have been meaningful for those who embraced them. In doing so, it illuminates the diverse ways Jesus has been perceived through history -- whether as an ideal to aspire to, or as an instrument of oppression. Individual essays fall under broad parameters such as portrayals of Jesus in the New Testament, beyond the New Testament, and Jesus in non-Christian religions. Other essays explore such themes as the philosophical and historic perspectives of Jesus, modern manifestations, and topics such as Jesus in art, fiction, and film. This broad coverage and multi-faith perspective ensures that The Blackwell Companion to Jesus offers rich and rewarding insights which shape our understanding of this influential figure and his enduring legacy.

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“This Companion will be a necessary part of any serious theological library. The essays are consistently strong and present invaluable orientations to their assigned topic. The real success of this book lies in bringing together perspectives on Jesus from so many sources of attention: texts, culture, history, various theologies, worldwide Christianity, world religions and media. Strongly recommended.” (Journal for the Study of The New Testament, 2012)

“This is another excellent contribution to religious scholarship by Wiley-Blackwell. Chapters are scholarly but readable for the more general enquirer and some have illustrations, an unusual feature for this series of books. This volume is highly recommended for any library that has strong religious collections, whether Christian or not, and should endure for some years as a standard work in the field.” (Reference Reviews, 2011)

“No collection of essays better represents the remarkable diversity in the approaches to the elusive Jesus of Nazareth ... Recommended: upper-level undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 1 May 2011)

“Burkett has assembled an extraordinary collection of essays that invites a wide readership.” (Books News, 2011)

“An imaginative collection of essays ... No fewer than 32 authors … have been recruited to write essays, all about 15 pages in length, and there is hardly any overlap among them, even in dealing with basic New Testament texts. The editor, Delburt Burkett, is to be commended.” (The Journal of Theological Studies, 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444351750
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/07/2011
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion , #53
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
1,135,125
File size:
4 MB

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"The Blackwell Companion to Jesus is a remarkable accomplishment. Each chapter is accessible and specific, so that the Companion will serve both as a mine of information and an incentive to further study. Instead of pursuing the usual, outdated tactic of segregating historical findings from dogmatic assessments, this work demonstrates that within the primary sources, the reception history of Jesus (Christian and non-Christian), and within recent scholarship, critical engagement and theological evaluation have consistently formed a symbiotic lens for the perception of Jesus."
Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion, Bard College

"This is a superb collection of articles that both summarizes scholarly knowledge about the figure of Jesus through the centuries and also provides fascinating new interpretations of his cultural and religious significance."
Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College, USA

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