Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels

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Zondervan, Mar 1, 2011 - Religion - 560 pages
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To Christians worldwide, the man Jesus of Nazareth is the centerpiece of history, the object of faith, hope, and worship. Even those who do not follow him admit the vast influence of his life. For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential. Four Portraits, One Jesus is a thorough yet accessible introduction to these documents and their subject, the life and person of Jesus. Like different artists rendering the same subject using different styles and points of view, the Gospels paint four highly distinctive portraits of the same remarkable Jesus. With clarity and insight, Mark Strauss illuminates these four books, first addressing their nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds. He then moves on to closer study of each narrative and its contribution to our understanding of Jesus, investigating things such as plot, characters, and theme. Finally, he pulls it all together with a detailed examination of what the Gospels teach about Jesus’ ministry, message, death, and resurrection, with excursions into the quest for the historical Jesus and the historical reliability of the Gospels.

 

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Contents

The Gospel of the Messiah
The Plot of Matthews Gospel
Gospels are not merely human documents but the inspired and authoritative Word of
par parallel passage
The Gospel of the Savior for All People
Sir Sirach
The Gospel of the Son Who Reveals the Father
Narrative Purpose

The Historical Setting of the Gospels
Congratulations You are about to embark on a study of the most important person
The Maccabees and Jewish Independence 16663
Ned Mishnah Nedarim
FirstCentury Judaism
Synagogues Scribes and the Study of Torah
Trends in FirstCentury Judaism
Literary Sources for FirstCentury Jewish Life
The Social and Cultural Setting of the Gospels
will examine the nature and content of the four Gospels the primary source documents
THE FOUR GOSPELS
The Gospel of the Suffering Son of
The Plot of Marks Gospel
The Suffering Son of
Theological Themes
Reading Mark Today
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Reading John Today
THE HISTORICAL JESUS
Searching for the Real Jesus
A Third Quest?
Conclusion
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels
The Contours and Chronology of Jesus Ministry
Jesus Birth and Childhood
The Beginning of Jesus Ministry
The Ethics of the Kingdom
The Rich and the Poor
The Miracles of Jesus
The Power and Presence of the Kingdom
The Messianic Words and Actions of Jesus
Conclusion
Index
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Mark Strauss (PhD, Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts; Distorting Scripture?: The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy; Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series; and Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.

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