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The Gospels and Jesus (Oxford Bible Series)
Graham N. Stanton
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Jesus of Nazareth and the four New Testament gospels continue to fascinate people from many cultural and religious backgrounds. Who was Jesus? Are Christian claims about him supported by solid historical evidence? How reliable are the evangelists' portraits of Jesus written some fifty years after his crucification? Examining the intentions and methods of the four evangelists, Graham Stanton argues that the evangelists are concerned with both the story and the significance of Jesus of Nazareth. In Part I, he analyzes the distinctive emphases of all four evangelists and discusses briefly the apocryphal gospels. In the final section, Stanton examines the ways of assessing the evidence for Jesus, exploring his teaching, intentions, and the reasons for his downfall.
Many commentaries written on the Bible deal primarily with the individual books, rather than on the Bible as a whole. This innovative series offers a broader and more unified view of the Bible, providing various interpretations of the entire work as well as the separate texts. Thematically structured, each volume embraces a number of biblical books, including, in two of the volumes, introductions to both the Old and New Testaments. Through lively and detailed discussions of selected biblical passages, the series throws fresh light on the ways in which interpretation of the biblical texts provide a deeper understanding of the wider theological and historical issues that concern the Bible.
"Dr. Graham Stanton is a renowned exegete and expositor of the Gospels. His The Gospels and Jesus has been a standard teaching tool since it was first published in 1989. I am delighted to have received the updated, second edition. It is a rare achievement for any author to comprehend, digest, and present such a vast amount of scholarly research in a simple, clear, and readable format. From my own standpoint, I am especially happy to see how the recent debates about the historical Jesus are judiciously reflected in the expanded treatment of the subject in this second edition, which deserves as much dissemination and use as the first."
John P. Meier, University of Notre Dame
"Review from previous edition '...an excellent introduction to the present day study of the gospels. The style of the book is simple and attractive."
Irish Biblical Studies
"The current updating of Graham Stanton's book will help it maintain its preeminent position as a valuable and authoritative introduction suitable for a wide readership."
Keith Elliott, University of Leeds
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About the Editors
PETER ACKROYD, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament Studies, University of London and GRAHAM N. STANTON, Professor of New Testament Studies, Kings College, London.
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