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The Historical Jesus of the Gospels

, 2009
ISBN: 9780802862921

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The earliest substantive sources available for historical Jesus research are in the Gospels themselves; when interpreted in their early Jewish setting, their picture of Jesus is more coherent and plausible than are the competing theories offered by many modern scholars. So argues Craig Keener in The Historical Jesus of the Gospels.

In exploring the depth and riches of the material found in the Synoptic Gospels, Keener shows how many works on the historical Jesus emphasize just one aspect of the Jesus tradition against others, but a much wider range of material in the Jesus tradition makes sense in an ancient Jewish setting. Keener masterfully uses a broad range of evidence from the early Jesus traditions and early Judaism to reconstruct a fuller portrait of the Jesus who lived in history.

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If you like this resource be sure to check out Eerdmans Historical Jesus Studies Collection (5 vols.).

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About Craig S. Keener

Craig S. Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many other books, including The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary and The Gospel of John: A Commentary (two volumes). Three of his books have won awards and together have sold over half a million copies.

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“Most scholars concur that one of the primary functions of Luke-Acts is apologetic (that is, defending the faith). This purpose fits quite well into a well-known line of ancient historiography. Because apologetic involves a purpose rather than a specific literary form, it can overlap with various other types of historiography that are classified instead by form or topic.” (Page 93)

“History was supposed to be truthful,9 and historians harshly criticized other historians whom they accused of promoting falsehood, especially when they were thought to exhibit self-serving agendas.” (Page 96)

“As works focused on a single, historical character, drawing on significant amounts of historical tradition, the Gospels are most readily recognized as ancient biography.” (Page 84)

“modern scholars value accuracy in facts much more than the ‘flow’ of the narrative for their audience.” (Page 110)

“ Q material into Mark;13 both Luke and Matthew make Mark the backbone and supplement this from other sources” (Page 74)

  • Title: The Historical Jesus of the Gospels
  • Author: Craig Keener
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Jesus Christ › Historicity
  • ISBNs: 9780802862921, 0802862926
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T00:38:46Z
Craig Keener

Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, and is the author of 17 books, four of which have won book awards in Christianity Today. One, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, has sold more than half a million copies. He has authored scholarly commentaries on Matthew, John (two volumes), Acts (four volumes), and more briefly on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Revelation. Dr. Keener is married to Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, who spent 18 months as a refugee in her nation of Congo before their marriage.




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