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The Historical Character of Jesus: Canonical Insights from Outside the Gospels
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The Historical Character of Jesus: Canonical Insights from Outside the Gospels


SPCK 2013

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The Historical Character of Jesus focuses specifically on non-Gospel material to see how the other texts of the NT contribute to the picture of Jesus. Inevitably, historical Jesus studies focus on the Gospel accounts, canonical and non-canonical alike. Scholarly portrayals may vary, but the ‘source material’ tends to be restricted to Gospel texts, with other New Testament testimony deemed secondary. The Historical Character of Jesus helpfully collates and reflects on the historical significance of key non-Gospel texts in relation to their presentation of Jesus, bringing them together in one place and generating fresh perspectives on the early Jesus movement.

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Key Features

  • Examines how epistolary authors of the New Testament writers portrayed Christ
  • Unpacks Christological interpretations of the Old Testament in the New Testament epistles
  • Studies the unique presentations of Christ in Hebrews and in Johannine literature


  • Introduction: Locating Jesus Outside the Gospels
  • ‘The Witnessed One’: Jesus in Acts
  • ‘To Know or Not to Know’: Jesus in Paul
  • ‘The Ascended Christ’: Jesus in Deutero-Paul
  • ‘The Sacrificial High Priest’: Jesus in Hebrews
  • ‘The Remembered Teacher’: Jesus in James
  • ‘The Model Christian’: Jesus in 1 and 2 Peter and Jude
  • ‘The Apocalyptic Son of Man’: Jesus in Johannine Letters and Revelation
  • Conclusion: The Canonical Jesus

Praise for the Print Edition

Allen’s thoughtful exposition and discussion will provide a very helpful, clear, and accessible orientation.

Andrew T. Lincoln, professor of New Testament, University of Gloucestershire

David Allen has turned the “remembered Jesus” inside out to suggest that the historical character of Christ takes on a kaleidoscope of options and theologies. In this book, historical Jesus studies learn to become Christology.

Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

In the past two-hundred-year quest of the historical Jesus, investigators have repeatedly fallen back on rounding up the usual suspects: the canonical evangelists plus now Thomas. But what if there’s more to be learned about the historical Jesus from New Testament voices outside the Gospels? Allen’s book offers a stiff challenge to all who are interested in this quest: to step back, listen more broadly, and allow these other previously stifled voices to speak.

Nicholas Perrin, professor of biblical studies, Wheaton College Graduate School

What can we learn from the New Testament about the earthly Jesus apart from the Gospels? David M. Allen poses this seldom-asked question and then proceeds to answer it with clarity and care . . . His findings are both constructive and instructive. Take up and read!

Todd D. Still, professor of Christian Scriptures, Baylor University, Texas

Product Details

  • Title: The Historical Character of Jesus: Canonical Insights from Outside the Gospels
  • Author: David M. Allen
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 224

About David M. Allen

David M. Allen is academic director at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham, United Kingdom. His research interests include the use of the Hebrew Bible in the New Testament. His other work includes Deuteronomy and Exhortation in Hebrews.

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