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Four Portraits, One Jesus

$ 49.99 USD
Explores the distinct way in which each gospel writer depicts Jesus and influences how we understand him. Transports readers to the world of Jesus through hundreds of full-color photos, maps, and charts. Engaging and accessible, the book has been used by over 50,000 students around the world to better understand the life and person of Jesus.
  • Author
    Mark L. Strauss
  • Publisher
    Zondervan
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Growing the Church

"...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."

Product Description

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.
Endorsements

'This textbook for studying the Gospels and the historical Jesus presents various views evenhandedly and consistently comes to careful and balanced conclusions. It introduces both older and newer approaches and treats all the major topics. Now augmented and improved!' -- CRAIG S. KEENER, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

Extraordinarily well written and thoughtfully organized. This book will be useful to anyone in need of a concise, clear, and knowledgeable guide through the four Gospels.' -- FRANK THIELMAN, Presbyterian Chair of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School

'Hands down, the best textbook I've found for my Life of Jesus classes. It is superbly organized and very student-friendly with its many illuminating charts, sidebar discussions, chapter summaries of key points, study questions, and glossary of key terms. Fair, even-handed treatment of divergent scholarly views while offering solidly reasoned conclusions grounded in careful scholarship. My students routinely comment on how well-written, interesting and accessible it is. The additional features and updated information contained in this latest edition simply enhance an already stellar book. I heartily recommend it for undergraduate or graduate level students alike.' -- JEANNINE GRAHAM, associate professor of religious studies, George Fox University

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