Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods
Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods

Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods

by Darrell L. Bock

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Pages 240
Publisher Baker Academic
Published 2002
ISBN-13 9780801024511
Interest in the historical Jesus continues to occupy much of today┬╣s discussion of the Bible. The vexing question is how the Jesus presented in the Gospels relates to the Jesus that actually walked this earth.

Studying the Historical Jesus is an introductory guide to how one might go about answering that question by doing historical inquiry into the material found in the Gospels. Darrell Bock introduces the sources of our knowledge about Jesus, both biblical and extra-biblical. He then surveys the history and culture of the world of Jesus. The final chapters introduce some of the methods used to study the Gospels, including historical, redaction, and narrative criticisms.

Bock, a well respected author, provides an informed evangelical alternative to radical projects like the Jesus Seminar. His audience, however, is not limited only to evangelicals. This book, written for college and seminary courses, offers an informed scholarly approach that takes the Gospels seriously as a source of historical information.

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BRathbun BRathbun December 3, 2019
Great little intro to studies in the historical Jesus by a conservative evangelical scholar. This is one of Bock's specialties. The summary written above is pretty explanatory.