Jesus in the Gospels and Acts, New Edition

Introducing the New Testament

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“Dan Scholz offers a thoroughly readable and informative introduction to the Gospels and Acts. In this first of a two-part New Testament introduction, Scholz provides a multiangled look at these books through historical, literary, and theological lenses. Each chapter on the Gospels and Acts begins with considerations about the book’s historical setting (author, dating, sources, and audience) and moves to significant exploration of how the story is told in that particular narrative, providing insight into literary devices and themes. Additional discussions are included on the historical backdrop of these books, historical Jesus study, and noncanonical early Christian gospels.”

Jeannine K. Brown
Professor of New Testament
Bethel Seminary

“Dr. Scholz’’s book fills a serious lacuna in the field, namely, a solid, up-to-date examination of the Gospels in their historical and literary context that, at the same time, is accessible to undergraduates of every age and creed. Reflecting the mainstream of modern biblical studies, this new edition is invaluable for any teacher struggling to give students a richer, more profound understanding of the multiple portraits of Jesus, within and beyond the canon, and their relevance for contemporary faith. This text, paired with Dr. Scholz’’s volume on Paul, serves as the perfect guide for an introductory course on the New Testament.”

Lance Richey
University of Saint Francis

About This Book

Overview

Who Was Jesus, and Why Was He Important?

Jesus Christ is arguably one of the most important figures in history—with an influence that spans hundreds of years, all continents, and has shaped many of the religious and cultural norms of today. Jesus in the Gospels and Acts: Introducing the New Testament helps modern readers understand the first-century world of Jesus and the historical Jesus to gain insight into who he was and what his impact was on religious, historical, and cultural literacy.

In a manner considerate of a religiously diverse audience, Jesus in the Gospels and Acts explores the issues of authorship, historicity, culture, and theology in the New Testament—specifically the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, as well as the extracanonical gospels. A new edition of this popular text, Jesus in the Gospels and Acts is structured for a one-semester course. Content, layout, graphic, and reference updates enhance its appeal and educational value. The text’s summaries, review questions, and recommended readings make it ideal for classroom settings. Charts, maps, sidebars, and images offer the visual variety and graphic support essential to visual learners. Jesus in the Gospels and Acts is part of a two-volume series, the second of which is The Pauline Letters (2013).

Details

Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 5.375 x 1.5 x 8.25 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-1-59982-476-5

Pages

300

Item # 7052

Customer Reviews

“Dan Scholz offers a thoroughly readable and informative introduction to the Gospels and Acts. In this first of a two-part New Testament introduction, Scholz provides a multiangled look at these books through historical, literary, and theological lenses. Each chapter on the Gospels and Acts begins with considerations about the book’s historical setting (author, dating, sources, and audience) and moves to significant exploration of how the story is told in that particular narrative, providing insight into literary devices and themes. Additional discussions are included on the historical backdrop of these books, historical Jesus study, and noncanonical early Christian gospels.”

Jeannine K. Brown
Professor of New Testament
Bethel Seminary

“Dr. Scholz’’s book fills a serious lacuna in the field, namely, a solid, up-to-date examination of the Gospels in their historical and literary context that, at the same time, is accessible to undergraduates of every age and creed. Reflecting the mainstream of modern biblical studies, this new edition is invaluable for any teacher struggling to give students a richer, more profound understanding of the multiple portraits of Jesus, within and beyond the canon, and their relevance for contemporary faith. This text, paired with Dr. Scholz’’s volume on Paul, serves as the perfect guide for an introductory course on the New Testament.”

Lance Richey
University of Saint Francis

About the Author

Daniel J. Scholz

Daniel J. Scholz holds a PhD from Marquette University in biblical theology and is currently the chair of philosophy and religious studies at Cardinal Stritch University.  He has taught the New Testament for twenty years at a variety of places and served as the curriculum committee chair for St. Francis Seminary.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying Jesus and the Gospels

  1. Understanding the World of Jesus and Interpreting the Gospels
    Part 1: Understanding the World of Jesus
    Part 2: Interpreting the Gospels
  2. The Gospel of Mark: Jesus as the Suffering Messiah
    Part 1: Historical Setting of Mark’s Gospel
    Part 2: How Mark Told the Story
  3. The Gospel of Matthew: Jesus as the New Moses
    Part 1: Historical Setting of Matthew’s Gospel
    Part 2: How Matthew Told the Story
  4. The Gospel of Luke: Jesus as the Universal Savior
    Part 1: Historical Setting of Luke’s Gospel
    Part 2: How Luke Told the Story
  5. The Acts of the Apostles: The Spirit-Driven Church
    Part 1: Historical Setting of the Acts of the Apostles
    Part 2: How Luke Told the Story of the Early Church
  6. The Gospel of John: Jesus as the Word Made Flesh
    Part 1: Historical Setting of John’s Gospel
    Part 2: How John Told the Story
  7. The Historical Jesus
    Part 1: The Search for the Historical Jesus
    Part 2: Sketching a Profile of the Historical Jesus
  8. Other Early Christian Gospels
    Part 1: Witnesses to and Discoveries of the Extracanonical Gospels
    Part 2: Introducing the Extracanonical Gospels

 

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