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The Historical Jesus of the Gospels

by Craig S. Keener

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Interested pastors and students new to the field could absorb the contents provided they can overcome the book's daunting size and moderately high price, but these factors likely will hinder Keener's goal of reaching non-specialists; the possible adaptation into a popularized form, as mentioned in the introduction, would better fulfill this aim. Undoubtedly, many will remain unconvinced that the burden of proof rests with those who question the historical value of the Gospels, but Keener's meticulous work warrants consideration by all serious Jesus scholars and should create eager anticipation for his book on Jesus' miracles.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802862926, Hardcover)

The earliest substantive sources available for historical Jesus research are in the Gospels themselves; when interpreted in their early Jewish setting, their picture of Jesus is more coherent and plausible than are the competing theories offered by many modern scholars. So argues Craig Keener in The Historical Jesus of the Gospels.

In exploring the depth and riches of the material found in the Synoptic Gospels, Keener shows how many works on the historical Jesus emphasize just one aspect of the Jesus tradition against others, but a much wider range of material in the Jesus tradition makes sense in an ancient Jewish setting. Keener masterfully uses a broad range of evidence from the early Jesus traditions and early Judaism to reconstruct a fuller portrait of the Jesus who lived in history.

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