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Jesus’ Emotions in the Gospels


T&T Clark 2011

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Attention is often paid to the events of Jesus’ life, his teaching, and his ministry, but rarely is Jesus’ emotional life considered. The emotional challenges posed throughout the New Testament gain new significance when understood side-by-side with the emotional character of Jesus. In this book, Stephen Voorwinde builds a careful picture of Jesus within the theological framework of each of the Gospels, considering the historical Jesus debate, the synoptic problem, and the individual literary characteristics of each evangelist.

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Key Features

  • Considers the historical Jesus debate and the synoptic problem
  • Presents fresh perspectives on the individual literary characteristics of each evangelist
  • Explores Jesus within the theological framework of each of the Gospels


  • The Compassionate King: Jesus’ Emotions in Matthew’s Gospel
  • The ‘Man of Sorrows’: Jesus’ Emotions in Mark’s Gospel
  • The Sympthatheic Son: Jesus’ Emotions in Luke’s Gospel
  • The Loving Lord: Jesus’ Emotions in John’s Gospel

Praise for the Print Edition

In a trail blazing study of Jesus’ emotions in the Gospels, Stephen Voorwinde shows that the Jesus of Scripture is not an iconic statue with a heart of stone inside. Instead, he presents to us the fully orbed humanity of a compassionate king, a suffering servant, a sympathetic prophet, and a loving Lord. Voorwinde’s study reminds me of what the writer to the Hebrews said about Jesus, that ‘he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God.’ An informative read for anyone interested in the Gospels or Christology.

Michael F. Bird, Bible College of Queensland, Australia

Recognizing the emotions of Jesus, Voorwinde concludes, has implications that are both theological (emphasizing Jesus’ authentic humanity) and pastoral (emphasizing Jesus’ sufferings and the cost of discipleship).

The Bible Today

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About Stephen Voorwinde

Stephen Voorwinde is a lecturer in New Testament at the Reformed Theological College in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

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