Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait From the Gospels
In recent years, historians and biblical scholars have been in active pursuit of the Jesus of history. These efforts have relied heavily on extrabiblical documents, since many historians consider the Bible to be propagandistic and biased. Darrell Bock, however, argues...
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In recent years, historians and biblical scholars have been in active pursuit of the Jesus of history. These efforts have relied heavily on extrabiblical documents, since many historians consider the Bible to be propagandistic and biased. Darrell Bock, however, argues that when read together, the Gospels provide a clear picture of Jesus and his unique claims to authority. Jesus according to Scripture seeks to show the coherent portrait of Jesus that emerges from the Gospels, a portrait that is rooted in history and yet has produced its own historical and cultural impact. Now available in paper, Jesus according to Scripture is an excellent textbook for courses on the life of Jesus at both the advanced college and seminary levels. Pastors, teachers, and all those interested in Jesus and the Gospels will also enjoy this scholarly yet accessible book.
"Darrell Bock is a well-known expert in the Gospels, and in Jesus according to Scripture he provides a detailed analysis of the portrait of Jesus from each Gospel as well as a theological synthesis of Jesus' message and import as the Gospels portray him. Here we have a much more fulsome and helpful portrait of Jesus than is offered in many recent treatments of the historical Jesus. Highly recommended."--Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary"After writing three entire commentaries on Luke, Darrell Bock naturally turns his attention to all four Gospels. Neither a contribution to historical-Jesus research nor a conventional textbook on the Gospels, this is a common-sense yet academically informed commentary--first on a synopsis of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and then on John. Laypersons, theological students, and pastors needing a review course will greatly benefit from it. In many ways, Jesus according to Scripture is a successor to Dwight Pentecost's Words and Works of Jesus, and a worthy one indeed!"--Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary"This book is a wonderful illustration of the value of canonical criticism. The author's great knowledge of historical criticism is here employed in a study that takes the final form of the biblical texts as a literary unity. Bock's work has a wonderful balance between a respect for the uniqueness of each Gospel and an appreciation of the overall unity in the portrait of Jesus provided for the church."--C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University"This book drives students to the texts of the four canonical Gospels; defends their historical reliability; interpretively distinguishes the Synoptics from John in the main, but somewhat from each other as well; and harmonizes all of them as much as possible. Teachers of courses on the life of Jesus who want a textbook that blends these approaches are likely to find here just what they're looking for."--Robert Gundry, Westmont College"In this book Darrell Bock has accomplished for Evangelical theology what the late Raymond Brown achieved for its Catholic counterpart: a judicious synthesis of the scholarship of his colleagues with the concerns of a canonical reading of Scripture. The result is a readable textbook that respects the exegetical diversity of the Gospels while emphasizing the unity of their underlying witness."--Bruce Chilton, Bard College"Rooted in outstanding scholarship and written with exceptional clarity, Bock's presentation of Jesus' life and teaching will be of great help to pastors, Christian leaders, and students of Scripture. Our students have already benefited from a pre-published version of this volume and speak with enthusiasm about it."--Clinton E. Arnold, Talbot School of Theology
Darrell L.Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Professor of Spiritual Development and Culture (CCL) at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Bock has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tubingen University in Germany).He is the author or editor of many books, including the two-volume commentary on Luke and the volume on Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series), Jesus according to Scripture, The Missing Gospels, Jesus in Context, and Studying the Historical Jesus.
- Gospel References By Unit<br>preface<br>introduction<br>list Of Abbreviations<br>part 1: The Four Gospels: Distinctive Voices<br>1. Overviews Of Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John<br>part 2: Jesus According To The Synoptics<br>2. The Birth And Childhood Of Jesus: The Hope Of Promise (matt. 1-2; Luke 1-2)<br>3. The Backdrop To Jesus' Ministry: John The Baptist, Jesus' Baptism And Temptations (matt. 3:1-4:11; Mark 1:1-13; Luke 3:1-4:13)<br>4. The Initial Portrait Of Jesus' Galilean Ministry: Teaching, Healing, And Controversy (matt. 4:12-25; Mark 1:14-3:19a; Luke 4:14-6:16)<br>5. Jesus' Teaching On Relating To God And Others: The Sermon On The Mount And The Sermon On The Plain (matt. 5:1-7:29; Luke 6:20-49)<br>6. More Galilean Ministry: Miracles, Mission To The Outcasts, And Discipleship In The Face Of Opposition (matt. 8:1-12:50; Luke 7:1-8:3; Mark 3:19b-35)<br>7. From Kingdom Teaching To Confession: How The Disciples Began To Understand Jesus (matt. 13:1-16:12; Mark 4:1-8:26: Luke 8:4-9:17)<br>8. Confession And Prediction: The New Reality--part 1 (matt. 16:13-18:35; Mark 8:27-9:50; Luke 9:18-50)<br>9. Toward Jerusalem: The New Reality--part 2 (luke 9:51-18:14)<br>10. Continuing Toward Jerusalem: Ministry In Judea And Final Lessons (matt. 19:1-21:9; Mark 10:1-11:10; Luke 18:15-19:44)<br>11. The Passion Week: Controversy, Prediction Of Judgment And Return, Trial, Death, And Resurrection (matt. 21:10-28:20; Mark 11:11-16:8; Luke 19:45-24:53)<br>part 3: Jesus According To John<br>12. Introducing Jesus In John's Gospel: The Word Incarnate And The First Witnesses--john The Baptist And The Disciples (john 1)<br>13. The Book Of The Signs: Before The Hour (john 2-12)<br>14. The Book Of Glory: The Farewell Discourse And The Johannine Passion Account--the Hour Has Come (john 13-21)<br>part 4: A Theological Portrait Of Jesus<br>15. Major Themes In The Evangelists' Portrait Of Jesus' Theology: The Kingdom And The Uniquely Authoritative One In Act And Word<br>selected Bibliography<br>index Of Subjects<br>index Of Modern Authors<br>index Of Scripture And Other Ancient Writings