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Wipf & Stock Jesus Studies Collection (5 vols.)
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Overview

The Wipf & Stock Jesus Studies Collection provides a comprehensive picture of the character and context of Jesus as presented in the Gospels, Paul’s letters, and other historical sources. Stephen Finlan reviews Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels and how his language emphasizing family changes the way we think about parenting, marriage, and spiritual identity. D. Patrick Ramsey looks at the Gospel’s account of the Jesus’ personality. Gerry Schoberg’s volume reveals how Pauline theology is dependent on Jesus’ teachings. R. J. McKelvey talks about the dual nature of Jesus presented in Hebrews, which shows him as both a priest for his people and a pioneer who leaves the camp. Finally, Nancy L. Kuehl examines Jesus’ final days on earth from a historical-legal perspective.

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Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive picture of the character and context of Jesus
  • Focuses on Jesus’ teachings and personality as presented in the Bible
  • Includes a unique Jewish-legal perspective on Jesus’ trial and execution

Individual Titles

The Family Metaphor in Jesus’ Teaching: Gospel Imagery and Application

  • Author: Stephen Finlan
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 126

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

The Family Metaphor in Jesus’ Teaching examines the family metaphors for God (Father) and believers (children, brothers) that Jesus chose to use. Jesus not only held up a child as an example of receptivity, but he defended actual children, warning against despising “one of these little ones.” Using current discussions of the equal-regard family and the importance of human fathering, Stephen Finlan explores how the Gospel entails a changed model of parenting and marriage and a new approach to spiritual growth.

In this careful and beautifully written book, Stephen Finlan demonstrates not only the importance of the family metaphor or the message of Jesus, but also that the equal-regard family is not just a construction of abstract theology, but rather has a true basis in the Christian Scriptures.

—Don Browning, author of Equality and the Family

Stephen Finlan is a teaching fellow at Fordham University. He is also the author of Theosis: Deification in Christian Theology.

Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul

  • Author: Gerry Schoberg
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 498

Was Paul shaped by the movement that began with the teaching and activities of Jesus, or did he start something new? Attempts to answer this question one way or the other have a long history dating back to the nineteenth century. Gerry Schoberg raises the question again in light of more recent scholarship—especially in light of historical Jesus research and the so-called “New Perspective” on Paul.

Schoberg seeks family resemblances between Jesus and Paul on matters that are both fundamentally important and distinctive, and that can best be explained in terms of Paul’s dependence on Jesus. Three aspects of Jesus’ ministry—his welcome of the marginalized, his challenge to his followers that they would share his fate, and his belief that God was doing something profoundly new—are presented as the source of three corresponding aspects in Paul’s thought—his welcome of Gentiles, his language of participation, and his belief in the present reality of new creation.

This advances the discussion about the relationship of Jesus to Paul, or Paul to Jesus, by a decade. I have tired of facile knockdowns of Paul because he doesn’t talk often enough about kingdom, or because he doesn’t rehearse some of the Sermon on the Mount, and yet those facts won’t go away. But deeper than specifics is a pattern of thinking, and Schoberg’s proposals show Jesus and Paul were on the same page, even if Paul carried on the conversation Jesus began.

Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

Schoberg sheds new light on the thorny question of how Paul relates to Jesus. Perspectives of Jesus in the Writings of Paul takes a new and creative approach that, in my view, is both stimulating and compelling. Schoberg shows how the lines of continuity between Jesus and Paul are meaningful and very significant. In essence, we see in Paul’s outreach to Gentiles a replication of the distinctive elements of the ministry of Jesus. Those who claim Paul invented a new faith need to read Schoberg’s well-written book carefully.

Craig A. Evans, professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College

Gerry Schoberg is the senior academic administrator at Regent College. He specializes in biblical languages, the New Testament, and Pauline studies.

Pioneer and Priest: Jesus Christ in the Epistle to the Hebrews

  • Author: R. J. McKelvey
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 274

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The interest that Hebrews generates today testifies to its enduring message. Central to its message is what Jesus Christ did and continues to do for his people. This author of Hebrews spells this out with arresting images. Dr. McKelvey provides new insight on Hebrews by demonstrating that two of its chief images—pioneer and priest—function in tandem. Christ is not pioneer without also being priest, and his priesthood is only properly understood in terms of the pioneer figure. Only one who is both pioneer and priest can provide the church with the help it needs. The double analogy conveys the meaning of the Christian faith. This creative work takes account of the author’s rhetorical style, showing how Hebrews is addressed to an urgent practical situation. It will appeal to those who want to know more about Hebrews as well as those who believe that the emerging church must follow Christ outside the camp.

This book makes an original and insightful contribution to scholarly discussion on the Christology of the Epistle to the Hebrews, and is essential reading for all scholars of the epistle. It is an invaluable resource for theology students with its clear, measured, and stimulating analysis of the major issues of the epistle, and also for hard-pressed, modern-day Christians with its meticulously researched insights into the author of Hebrews’ pastoral strategies.

—J. C. McCullough, Professor Emeritus, Union Theological College

R. J. McKelvey was the Principal of Adams United College and later the first President of Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa. He was a lecturer in New Testament at the University of Manchester and was moderator of the United Reformed Church from 1994–1995.

A Portrait of Christ: A Look at Who Jesus Is and What He Is Like from the Gospels

  • Author: D. Patrick Ramsey
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 86

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

What is Jesus like? What kind of a person is he? Is he emotional or stoic? Is he proud or humble? Is he aloof or friendly? After demonstrating that Jesus is the promised Christ and that he is both divine and human, D. Patrick Ramsey examines Jesus’ personal characteristics as they are displayed in the four Gospels. The four Gospels are clearly not a typical biography of Jesus. Nonetheless, they do provide an informative account of his life here on earth, from which we can discover what he is like as a person.

Patrick Ramsey elicits from the Gospels, with the skill of an artist, a truly realistic portrait of Jesus Christ. He does this in the background of the Old Testament’s clear sketches . . . of the Messiah who would come. And he faithfully depicts who this promised Messiah is (both God and man in one person), and with carefully drawn snapshots presents his character as the one who came to do God’s will as the promised Savior. A portrait really worth seeing.

—George W. Knight III, adjunct professor of New Testament, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

D. Patrick Ramsey is Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in London, Kentucky.

A Book of Evidence: The Trials and Execution of Jesus

  • Author: Nancy L. Kuehl
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 266

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Jesus was a Jew, living in a Jewish culture under Jewish laws that governed the people of Israel at a time of conflict with their Roman overlords. A Book of Evidence takes into consideration the history of first-century Jerusalem. It is a unique presentation of the passion event, written from a Jewish legal standpoint. Kuehl explains why and how Jesus came to trial, and how the politics of the age and a corrupt government played a role in bringing him to death. She also examines the numerous crimes Jesus was accused of, resulting in a reasonable explanation of the real blasphemy that led to his conviction. Kuehl then investigates crucifixion as it was known in first-century Jewish law. Was the Jewish trial legal? Was it a trial at all? Was there a Roman trial or a simple hearing? Where was the real execution site and burial tomb? All these questions are answered in this gripping book. Follow, step by step, along the path of Jesus during the Passover, from the Garden of Gethsemane, through the trials, to the brutality of the execution, and on to the tomb from which he was resurrected.

Nancy L. Kuehl is the author of A Book of Evidence as well as commentaries on several books of the Bible.

Product Details

  • Title: Wipf & Stock Jesus Studies Collection
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,250