Jesus and the Logic of History (New Studies In Biblical Theology Series)
At the heart of the Christian faith stands a man, Jesus of Nazareth. Few people seriously question whether Jesus existed in history. But influenced by the more skeptical scholars many doubt that the Christ of orthodox Christianity is the...
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At the heart of the Christian faith stands a man, Jesus of Nazareth.
Few people seriously question whether Jesus existed in history. But influenced by the more skeptical scholars many doubt that the Christ of orthodox Christianity is the same as the Jesus of history.
In this important book, historian and New Testament scholar Paul W. Barnett lays these doubts to rest. He uncovers the methodological weaknesses present in some forms of critical scholarship, demonstrating a failure to account for important early evidence about Jesus.
Once the evidence is properly marshalled, a picture of Jesus emerges that fits well with orthodox belief in him.
Table of Contents
1. Jesus and the Practice of History
2. Christ in History
--Excursus: Jesus as 'Christ' in the Testimonium Flavianum
3. Jesus in Proclamation and Tradition
--Excursus: Summary of Information about Jesus in the Letters of Paul
4. Jesus in Historical Context
--Excursus: The Quest for the Historical Pontius Pilate
5. Jesus in the Gospels
--Excursus: Overview of Jesus' Ministry
6. Jesus and the Spread of Early Christianity
--Excursus: The Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead
7. From Jesus to Gospel Text
8. Jesus' Death: a Defiance of Biography
"Barnett offers important contributions to the manner in which we may responsibly work as both historians and theologians to understand not only the nascent Christian church, but also the historical Jesus whom they confessed . . . (His) work deserves wide dissemination."
---D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois)
With Jesus and the Logic of History, Paul W. Barnett offers a fresh defence, for a sceptical age, of the orthodox view of Jesus. Barnett's other works include Behind the Scenes of the New Testament and Is the New Testament History?
Paul Barnett (Ph.D., University of London) is the retired Bishop of North Sydney, and has taught at a number of prestigious academic institutions. Since his retirement, he is Honorary Associate in Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney; Lecturer Emeritus, Moore College, Sydney; and Teaching Fellow at Regent College, Vancouver. He was also Head of Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University.
He is the author of some major commentaries on 2 Corinthians (Bible Speaks Today Series and The New International Commentary on the New Testament); 1 Corinthians: Holiness and Hope of a rescued people (Focus on the Bible); Mark: The Servant King, John: The Shepherd King, 1 Peter: Living Hope and Revelation: Apocalypse Now and Then (Reading the Bible Today). As well as a number of books on New Testament Background and the Historical Jesus such as After Jesus: The Birth Of Christianity, Is The New Testament History? (Revised 2004), Jesus and The Rise Of Early Christianity, The Truth About Jesus(Revised 2004), and Jesus And The Logic of History (New Studies In Biblical Theology).
Most recently he has produced The Corinthian Question: Why did the church oppose Paul? (Intervaristy Press, 2011) and three volumes in the After Jesus series; The Birth of Christianity: The First Twenty Years; Paul: Missionary of Jesus and Finding the Historical Christ: After Jesus.
Koorong -Editorial Review.