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From Jesus to the Gospels: Interpreting the New Testament in Its Context
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From Jesus to the Gospels: Interpreting the New Testament in Its Context


Fortress Press 2007

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Helmut Koester, one of today’s foremost New Testament scholars, offers a lifetime’s insights into the message of the historical Jesus and the traditions, practices, and trajectories that shaped the Gospels and other early Christian literature including “Q” and the Gnostic Gospels.

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Key Features

  • Examination of the historical Jesus
  • Provides contemporary New Testament research
  • Explores early Christian extracanonical literature


  • Apochryphal and Canonical Gospels
  • Gospels and Gospel Traditions in the Second Century
  • The Text of the Synoptic Gospels in the Second Century
  • From the Kerygma-Gospel to Written Gospels
  • The Synoptic Sayings Gospel Q in the Early Communities of Jesus’ Followers
  • The Extracanonical Sayings of the Lord as Products of the Christian Community
  • Mark 9:43–47 and Quintilian 8.3.75
  • The History-of-Religions School, Gnosis, and the Gospel of John
  • History and Cult in the Gospel of John and in Ignatius of Antioch
  • The Story of the Johannine Tradition
  • Dialogue and the Tradition of Sayings in the Gnostic Texts of Nag Hammadi
  • The Farewell Discourses of the Gospel of John
  • Gnostic Sayings and Controversy Traditions in John 8:12–59
  • Jesus the Victim
  • The Memory of Jesus’ Death and the Worship of the Risen Lord
  • The Historical Jesus and the Cult of the Kyrios
  • The Sayings of Q and Their Image of Jesus
  • The Historical Jesus and His Sayings
  • Eschatological Thanksgiving Meals: From the Didache to Q and Jesus

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About Helmut Koester

Helmut Koester is the John H. Morison Research Professor of Divinity and the Winn Research Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and chair of the New Testament Board of the Hermeneia commentary series. He is editor of numerous volumes in the Hermeneia series as well as Cities of Paul: Images and Interpretations from the Harvard New Testament and Archaeology Project and author of Paul & His World: Interpreting the New Testament in Its Context.

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