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Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series) [Hardcover]

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Pages   959
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.42" Width: 7.32" Height: 2.25"
Weight:   4.03 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830817778  
EAN  9780830817771  

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Item Description...
This exciting reference work lives up to its billing as ''a compendium of contemporary biblical scholarship.'' Nearly 200 in-depth and jargon-free articles, contributed by over 90 top-notch evangelical scholars, summarize Jesus and Gospel studies in light of the many modern challenges facing them. Ranging from 500 to 10,000 words, the articles cover many topics not even found in multi-volume Bible encyclopedias; cross-references and extensive bibliographies add to their usefulness. Includes subject and Scripture indexes.

Publishers Description
Recipient of a Christianity Today 1993 Critics Choice Award Third Place Winner of Christianity Today's Book of the Year list award The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels is unique among reference books on the Bible, the first volume of its kind since James Hastings published his Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels in 1909. In the more than eight decades since Hastings our understanding of Jesus, the Evangelists and their world has grown remarkably. New interpretive methods have illumined the text, the ever-changing profile of modern culture has put new questions to the Gospels, and our understanding of the Judaism of Jesus' day has advanced in ways that could not have been predicted in Hasting's day. But for many readers of the Gospels the new outlook on the Gospels remains hidden within technical journals and academic monographs. The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels bridges the gap between scholars and those pastors, teachers, students and lay people desiring in-depth treatment of select topics in an accessible and summary format. The topics range from cross-sectional themes (such as faith, law, Sabbath) to methods of interpretation (such as form criticism, redaction criticism, and death of Jesus) to each of the four Gospels as a whole. Some articles--such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, rabbinic traditions and revolutionary movements at the time of Jesus--provide significant background information to the Gospels. Others reflect recent and less familiar issues in Jesus and Gospel studies, such as divine man, ancient rhetoric and the chreiai (aphorisms). Contemporary concerns of general interest are discussed in articles covering such topics as healing, the demonic and the historical reliability of the Gospels. And for those entrusted with communicating the message of the Gospels, there is an extensive article on preaching from the Gospels. TheDictionary of Jesus and the Gospels presents the fruit of evangelical New Testament scholarship at the end of the twentieth century--committed to the authority of Scripture, utilizing the best of critical methods, and maintaining dialog with contemporary scholarship and challenges facing the church.

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More About Joel B. Green & Scot McKnight

Joel B. Green Joel B. Green (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is dean of the School of Theology and professor of New Testament interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Theological Interpretation and has authored or edited numerous books, including the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics.
Lee Martin McDonald (PhD, University of Edinburgh), before his retirement, was professor of New Testament studies and president of Acadia Divinity College. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Story of Jesus in History and Faith, The Biblical Canon, and coeditor of The Canon Debate (with James Sanders). McDonald now lives in Mesa, Arizona.

Joel B. Green currently resides in Wilmore, in the state of Kentucky. Joel B. Green was born in 1956 and has an academic affiliation as follows - American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California Fuller Th.

Joel B. Green has published or released items in the following series...
  1. IVP Bible Dictionary
  2. New International Commentary on the New Testament
  3. New Testament Theology
  4. Reframing New Testament Theology
  5. Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic
  6. Two Horizons New Testament Commentary

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gave as a gift  Jan 9, 2007
This book is way too deep for me personally but I gave it as a gift to my brother, who is a theology student headed for seminary, and he loved it.
Distinguished Discourses on Subjects related to the 4 Gospels  Aug 25, 2006
This is book one of a four volume dictionary of the New Testament, and it's terrific. Most bible dictionaries are single volume works which encompass the entire canon of scripture. But because this book covers only the four gospels, the scholars were allowed to turn in more detailed articles. Many of them are outstanding. I really liked Ben Witherington's lengthy discussion about The Birth of Christ, and Harold Hoehner's Chronology of the life of Christ.

The article on the Geography and History of Israel was also a distinguished article, as were the articles on the death of Christ and the theology of Mark's Gospel.

This book represents the best of young evangelical scholarship circa 1992. This is a resource that can be read cover to cover, or it can be consulted occasionally when researching a sermon or a report.

I should also say that the other three volumes are also outstanding, and you can purchase them as a set, or you can purchase them (along with other great IVP resources) on a CD-Rom for around $125.

You can also get two Old Testament dictionaries covering the Pentateuch and the Historical Books. I can't say enough about the value of these books. Thumbs way up!!!
Tecnical Quality  Mar 25, 2006
The tecnical quality of the book is not good, it should have bound, not just glued together. My book is already starting to tear apart after less than a month, even though I handled it careful.
Excellent Resource!  Feb 5, 2006
I have had my own copy of this reference book for about 10 years, and recently purchased it as a gift for someone else. I am a minister and this is my favorite resource for background and information related to Jesus and the Gospels. I have 2 of the other books in the series and like this one the best. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to read and dig a bit deeper into scripture.
Excellent resource - but don't make it the only one  Aug 26, 2001
The information in this book is comprehensive, well-referenced (including mention of non-scriptural resources related to the period), and quite absorbing. I found myself moving from one cross reference to another, avidly seeking the information which "fleshed out" the accounts, and made the meanings of scriptural texts, even those I had studied a number of times, richer and more complete. The relation of gospel texts, particularly Jesus's parables, miracles and the like, to historical perspectives is well done. There also is a valuable section relating how to use gospel texts in preparing sermons. In total, it is a fine reference for placing Jesus's words in context, and understanding the actions of those with whom he dealt. (For example, look up the article on Pontius Pilate... his fear at "you are no friend of Caesar" has an interesting and very natural basis.) With this said, however, this valuable book should not be one's only reference for scripture study. My five stars are for the book as it is intended - a "dictionary," with extensive and often fascinating explanations. It is not sufficient for most scriptural exegesis or advanced New Testament study, particularly because it is strictly composed from an evangelical perspective. Many distinguished contemporary scholars (Raymond Brown, N.T. Wright, E.P. Sanders, to name a few), equally orthodox in their Christology, would have viewpoints that are far less literalist than this work provides. Just as two minor examples, the Dictionary sees no reason to doubt that the apostle Matthew was the author of the first gospel, and the idea that the visit of the Magi was completely, literally true (with no allowance for its being a midrash at all) is unquestioned. The entire approach in this work is extremely conservative. I would place this book on the shelf of anyone studying the gospels, but it would be one of at least five.

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