This book offers an ideal introduction to the Gospels and explains why it is that scholars and lay people have such different understandings of the person of Jesus. Not content to merely present the historical figure of Jesus, it also presents the particular "image" or "images" of Jesus that are conveyed within the biblical texts. While devoting a chapter to each of the four Gospels, which are the primary sources of our knowledge of Jesus, the authors also include a chapter on the apocryphal gospels. In doing so, they investigate the portrayal of Jesus in all of these gospels, using the tools of historical and literary criticism.
Other chapters look at Jesus in his role as prophet, teacher, and sage. Extra-biblical factors—such as art, media, and culture—can shape our understanding of Jesus, and this book does not shy away from tackling these influences. Our images of Jesus are formed not only by an interplay of faith and history, but also church affiliation, social context and gender. Jesus and the Gospels helps the reader see how these factors affect our interpretation of the Gospels and consequently our understanding of Jesus.
It is for students and teachers....and should serve them well...The book's virtue is its brevity. It is easy for students to use.
—Rev David Blatherwick, Methodist Recorder, 2006
Clive Marsh is Secretary of the Faith and Order Committee and a Local Preacher in the Methodist Church in Britain. He is professionally involved in theological education in church and university settings.
Steve Moyise is Professor of New Testament at the University of Chichester and author of The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation, The Old Testament in the New, and The Psalms in the New Testament. He is the series editor of The T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies.