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Jesus of Nazareth, Lord and Christ: Essays on the Historical Jesus and New Testament Christology


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The problem of the historical Jesus remains one of the most important themes in New Testament scholarship. Closely related to this problem is the question, How far can the impact made by the earthly Jesus and his own self-understanding sustain the weight of the Christological construction put upon them by the early church? In the past two decades some scholars have taken an increasingly gloomy attitude toward the possibility of knowing anything of substance about Jesus from the Gospels or, at the opposite extreme, have sometimes made outlandish claims about him. Others, like the contributors of this volume, have begun moving the discussion into fresh areas of creative, responsible inquiry.

Written in honor of I. Howard Marshall on the occasion of his 60th birthday, Jesus of Nazareth: Lord and Christ honors this distinguished scholar by reflecting his longstanding interest in Luke-Acts, his concern for the historical Jesus, and his stress on the significance of Jesus’ person and work in New Testament interpretation. Providing new insights and breaking new ground, the thirty outstanding essays in this volume offer a fresh assessment of New Testament data and methods pertinent to our understanding of Jesus and his significance both in his time and in ours.

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Key Features

  • Examines the historical Jesus and the emergence of New Testament Christology
  • Interacts with I. Howard Marshall’s significant contributions to the New Testament field
  • Presents creative, ground-breaking scholarship in biblical studies

Contents and Contributors

  • “Jesus and the Wild Animals (Mark 1:13): A Christological Image for an Ecological Age” by Richard J. Bauckham
  • “The Kingdom of God and Christology in the Gospels” by George R. Beasley-Murray
  • “Jesus and the Beginnings of the Mission to the Gentiles” by Eckhard J. Schnabel
  • “Good News to Whom? Jesus and the ‘Poor’ in the Gospel of Luke” by Joel B. Green
  • “‘Your Faith Has Made You Whole’: The Evangelical Liberation Theology of Jesus” by Craig L. Blomberg
  • “Jesus the Baptist?” by Richard T. France
  • “Disciples of Jesus” by Leon Morris
  • “Matthew 11:19b/Luke 7:35: A Test Case for the Bearing of Q Christology on the Synoptic Problem” by D.A. Carson
  • “Structure and Christology in Mark 1:21-45” by Grant R. Osborne
  • “Jesus of Nazareth: A Magician and a False Prophet Who Deceived God’s People?” by Graham N. Stanton
  • “The Son of Man Seated at God’s Right Hand and the Debate over Jesus’ ‘Blasphemy’” by Darrell L. Bock
  • “Deity-Christology in Mark 14:58” by E. Earle Ellis
  • “The Essential Physicality of Jesus’ Resurrection according to the New Testament” by Robert H. Gundry
  • “Jesus Christ, the Reception of the Spirit, and a Cross-National Community” by Peder Borgen
  • “Christ-Centered Eschatology in Acts 3:17-26” by Hans F. Bayer
  • Imitatio Christi in Acts” by C.K. Barrett
  • “James’s Speech (Acts 15:13-21), Simeon’s Hymn (Luke 2:29-32), and Luke’s Sources” by Rainer Riesner
  • “Patterns of Evangelization in Paul and Jesus: A Way Forward in the Jesus-Paul Debate?” by John W. Drane
  • “The Story of Jesus Known to Paul” by David Wenham
  • “Christology and Pneumatology in Romans 8:9-11 — and Elsewhere: Some Reflections on Paul as a Trinitarian” by Gordon D. Fee
  • “Christ as Bearer of Divine Judgment in Paul’s Thought about the Atonement” by Stephen H. Travis
  • “Jesus Christ: ‘Head’ of the Church (Colossians and Ephesians)” by Clinton E. Arnold
  • “The Christological Basis of the Johannine Footwashing” by Ruth B. Edwards
  • “Territorial Religion, Johannine Christology, and the Vineyard of John 15” by Gary M. Burge
  • “The Christology of Revelation” by Donald Guthrie
  • “The Spirit of Christ and ‘Divine’ Christology” by Max Turner
  • “The Making of Christology — Evolution or Unfolding?” by James D.G. Dunn
  • “Christology in Luke, Speech-Act Theory, and the Problem of Dualism in Christology after Kant” by Anthony C. Thiselton
  • “The Foundational Conviction of New Testament Christology: The Obedience/Faithfulness/Sonship of Christ” by Richard N. Longenecker
  • “Christology: Synchronic or Diachronic?” by Paul Ellingworth

Praise for the Print Edition

This collection of outstanding essays by veteran scholars and by younger scholars who are rapidly advancing in the field of New Testament is a fitting tribute to Professor I. Howard Marshall, who is himself a scholar of the first order. Jesus of Nazareth: Lord and Christ is well focused, its themes and passages carefully chosen and expertly considered. Readers looking for studies that address many of the most important issues relating to the historical Jesus and the emergence of New Testament Christology will not be disappointed. I highly recommend this book.

Craig A. Evans, professor of New Testament, Trinity Western University

Appropriately titled Jesus of Nazareth: Lord and Christ, this substantial volume is offered in well-deserved tribute to I. Howard Marshall, and it also merits attention in its own right as a significant contribution to New Testament scholarship. There are items here, expertly treated by a bevy of scholars linked with the honoree, that are designed to excite the interest and stimulate the minds of a wide variety of readers. This design is all the more satisfying as we recall the manifold concerns of Howard Marshall himself, whose work is both celebrated and interacted with in this timely and worthy volume.

Ralph P. Martin, professor of Bible, London Bible College

  • Title: Jesus of Nazareth: Lord and Christ: Essays on the Historical Jesus and New Testament Christology
  • Authors: Joel B. Green, Max Turner
  • Publishers: Paternoster, Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 1994
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 558
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Jesus Christ › Historicity; Bible. N.T. › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9780802826664, 0853645604, 0802826660, 9780853645603
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T00:51:36Z

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About the Authors

Joel B. Green is professor of New Testament interpretation, associate dean for the Center of Advanced Theological Studies, and dean of the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He is the editor of the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.

Max Turner is professor of New Testament studies at London School of Theology.

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