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Jesus in Context

Jesus in Context

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Crucial to a proper understanding and interpretation of Scripture is an awareness of the historical, cultural, and religious context in which the Bible was written. But the passing of two millennia often prevents the modern student from fully understanding the significance of various actions and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. For instance, the controversy over Jesus' healing on the Sabbath must be understood against the backdrop of the Mishnah's detailed list of forbidden Sabbath activities.

The diligent researcher can cull such information by poring through numerous early Jewish and Christian texts or by referencing Strack and Billerbeck's six-volume KOMMENTAR ZUM NEUEN TESTAMENT AUS TALMUD UND MIDRASCH. But in JESUS IN CONTEXT, Darrell L. Bock and Gregory J. Herrick have identified and compiled into one handy volume the key extrabiblical texts that provide the necessary cultural background for understanding passages in the Gospel narratives. Brief comments from the editors precede each selection, noting its relevance to the biblical text.

Sources quoted include Josephus, Philo, the Mishnah and Talmud, the Old Testament Apocrypha, Eusebius, and classical authors. These excerpts are organized according to the section numbers from Bock's earlier JESUS ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE, although JESUS IN CONTEXT is designed to be used as a stand-alone resource. 288 pages, from Baker.
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Crucial to a proper understanding and interpretation of Scripture is an awareness of the historical, cultural, and religious context in which the Bible was written. But the passing of two millennia often prevents the modern student from fully understanding the significance of various actions and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. For instance, the controversy over Jesus' healing on the Sabbath must be understood against the backdrop of the Mishnah's detailed list of forbidden Sabbath activities.

The diligent researcher can cull such information by poring through numerous early Jewish and Christian texts or by referencing Strack and Billerbeck's six-volume KOMMENTAR ZUM NEUEN TESTAMENT AUS TALMUD UND MIDRASCH. But in JESUS IN CONTEXT, Darrell L. Bock and Gregory J. Herrick have identified and compiled into one handy volume the key extrabiblical texts that provide the necessary cultural background for understanding passages in the Gospel narratives. Brief comments from the editors precede each selection, noting its relevance to the biblical text.

Sources quoted include Josephus, Philo, the Mishnah and Talmud, the Old Testament Apocrypha, Eusebius, and classical authors. These excerpts are organized according to the section numbers from Bock's earlier JESUS ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE, although JESUS IN CONTEXT is designed to be used as a stand-alone resource. 288 pages, from Baker.
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Knowing the historical and cultural background of the Bible is crucial to properly understanding and interpreting it. But the passing of 2,000 years often prevents today's reader from fully understanding the significance of various actions and teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. For example, the radical nature of Jesus's healings on the Sabbath may go unnoticed without an awareness of first-century Jewish teaching on what was and was not permissible. Pastors and other serious Bible students may not have access to important early writings that would provide this background, nor the time to wade through volumes of source material to find relevant tidbits. This unique reference work gathers into one handy volume the key extrabiblical texts that provide the necessary background for passages in the Gospels, along with introductory comments by the editors.
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"Students of the Gospels will find this collection invaluable. It will be a crucial tool for those who do not work regularly with ancient Jewish sources and should also prove useful for those who do."--Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Eastern Seminary"In Jesus in Context, Bock and Herrick have given students of the Gospels an extremely useful reference by sifting through an enormous library of pagan, Jewish, and Christian texts to provide illuminating backgrounds for specific passages. The authors are careful to note the dates of the sources so that the discerning reader may be aware of the relative distance in time between these texts and the New Testament."--Edwin M. Yamauchi, professor of history, Miami University"How often, when reading a commentary or work on the historical background of a portion of Scripture, have you seen a plethora of references to ancient extrabiblical sources and wondered what they actually said? Few readers, even scholars, have the time to look up many of these, even if they have access to the primary literature. Bock and Herrick have supplied scholars and laypeople alike with an invaluable tool. Jesus in Context introduces and presents the full texts of all the extrabiblical references in Bock's Jesus according to Scripture. One gets almost an entire course in the ancient historical, religious, and philosophical thought outside the Bible that is most relevant to interpreting the Gospels."--Craig L. Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary"The more a person understands the first-century Jewish world, the more easily he or she can understand Jesus and the Gospel writers. Bock and Herrick have given readers one of the quickest and easiest paths into that world, and they have done so by showing systematically how specific Jewish, Greco-Roman, and early Christian texts throw light on the Gospel narratives."--Klyne Snodgrass, Paul W. Brandel Professor of New Testament Studies, North Park Theological Seminary "Current historical Jesus research rightly emphasizes the importance of the background of Jesus and his followers. Bock and Herrick have assembled the essential material and have presented it in an attractive and accessible format. This book will serve well both student and scholar."--Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia"This very useful book is full of information for the readers of the Gospels. Jesus in Context matches Gospel texts with interesting parallels from other ancient Jewish and early Christian sources, illuminating the biblical texts. It is indispensable for pastors and students of theology."--Martin Hengel, professor emeritus of New Testament and ancient Judaism, University of Tubingen"The person who understands the importance of ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman sources to the understanding of the New Testament will value the convenience of the present volume. Here is a judicious compilation of passages, well organized and well indexed, that shed light on the context of the Gospels and thus on Jesus. This book is easy to use and will be a terrific boon to pastors, teachers, students, and church members--indeed to all who might not otherwise have ready access to these varied materials."--Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
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Meet the Authors

Darrell L Bock

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.

Gregory Herrick (Ed)

Gregory J. Herrick is a researcher and writer with the Biblical Studies Foundation. He lives near Toronto, Canada.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 227276
  • Product Code 0801027195
  • EAN 9780801027192
  • Pages 286
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Christ
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Sep 2005
  • Sales Rank #25818
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.462kg

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