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 remains hidden within technical journals and academic monographs.
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, there is an extensive article on preaching from the Gospels.
The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels presents the fruit of evangelical New Testament scholarship at the end of the 20th 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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A splendid achievement! Thanks to some careful and innovative editorial planning and execution, this volume fills a large gap in recent literature on the Gospels and their christologies
—Ralph P. Martin, professor of biblical studies, University of Sheffield, England
This reference work harvests the fruit of the best contemporary evangelical scholarship on the Gospels. Students who seek a responsible, critically conservative perspective on the Gospel traditions will find a rich source of information here. The up-to-date selective bibliographies make this volume especially valuable as a teaching tool.
—Richard B. Hays, associate professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School
Joel B. Green is a professor of New Testament interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Scot McKnight is a professor of biblical and theological studies and chair of the department at North Park University in Chicago.
I. Howard Marshall is a honorary research professor of New Testament at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.