Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd Edition)

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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...

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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.

The second edition of Four Portraits, One Jesus has been updated throughout to meet the needs to today's students. It is a thorough yet accessible introduction to the four biblical Gospels 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 addressing the following important areas:

First he addresses the nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds of the Gospels. 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.
This textbook together with its workbook, video lectures, and laminated sheet gives students everything they need for a thorough and enriching study of Jesus and the Gospels.


  • Catalogue Code 548538
  • Product Code 9780310528678
  • ISBN 0310528674
  • EAN 9780310528678
  • UPC 025986528676
  • Pages 656
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Christ
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 2020

Mark L Strauss

Mark L. Strauss (PhD., University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He is the author of The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts; Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy; Luke in the Illustrated Bible Background Commentary; The Essential Bible Companion; and Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels.
He has recently completed the The Gospel of Mark for Expositor's Bible Commentary and is writing The Gospel of Mark for the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary. His professional associations include the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature. He is a frequent preacher at San Diego area churches and has served in three interim pastorates.

  • :part One
  • 1.what Are The Gospels?
  • 2.exploring The Origin And Nature Of The Gospels: Historical-critical Methods Of Gospel Research
  • 3.reading And Hearing The Gospel Stories: Literary-critical Methods Of Gospel Research
  • Part Two
  • 4.the Historical Setting Of The Gospels
  • 5.the Religious Setting: First-century Judaism
  • 6.the Social And Cultural Setting Of The Gospels
  • Part Three
  • 7.mark: The Gospel Of The Suffering Of The Son Of God
  • 8.matthew: The Gospel Of The Messiah
  • 9.luke: The Gospel Of The Savior For All People
  • 10.john: The Gospel Of The Son Who Reveals The Father
  • Part Four
  • 11.searching For The Real Jesus
  • 12.the Historical Reliability Of The Gospels
  • 13.the Contours And Chronology Of Jesus’ Ministry
  • 14.jesus’ Birth And Childhood
  • 15.the Beginning Of Jesus’ Ministry
  • 16.the Message Of Jesus
  • 17.the Miracles Of Jesus
  • 18.the Messianic Words And Actions Of Jesus
  • 19.the Death Of Jesus
  • 20.the Resurrection Of Jesus
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary
  • Index

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