Books on Jesus and the Gospels

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Score Cover Author Title Series Year Tags
76.41001 The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3) The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)
75.81001 Jesus and the Victory of God Jesus and the Victory of God
74.51002 Stories With Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus Stories With Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus
74.21002 Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, Second Edition Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, Second Edition
73.91001 Jesus and Scripture: Studying the New Testament Use of the Old Testament Jesus and Scripture: Studying the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
73.91002 The Historical Reliability of the Gospels The Historical Reliability of the Gospels
73.71001 Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony
73.51003 Christianity in the Making: Volume 1: Jesus Remembered Christianity in the Making: Volume 1: Jesus Remembered
73.31002 Studying the Synoptic Gospels: Origin and Interpretation Studying the Synoptic Gospels: Origin and Interpretation
73.11002 The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition
73.11002 Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study
72.61001 Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods
72.31001 Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels
1000 The Patient Ferment of the Early Church The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire The Patient Ferment of the Early Church The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire
1000 Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 4 Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 4
1000 Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ
1000 The Messiah in the Temple: The Symbolism and Significance of the Second Temple in Light of the New Testament The Messiah in the Temple: The Symbolism and Significance of the Second Temple in Light of the New Testament
1000 Jesus the God-Man: The Unity and Diversity of the Gospel Portrayals Jesus the God-Man: The Unity and Diversity of the Gospel Portrayals
1000 A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Volume IV: Law and Love A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Volume IV: Law and Love AYBRL
1000 The Son of Man in the Teaching of Jesus The Son of Man in the Teaching of Jesus SNTSMS
1000 Women in the Ministry of Jesus: A Study of Jesus' Attitudes to Women and their Roles as Reflected in His Earthly Life Women in the Ministry of Jesus: A Study of Jesus' Attitudes to Women and their Roles as Reflected in His Earthly Life SNTSMS
1000 Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus SNTSMS
1000 No Ordinary Angel: Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims about Jesus No Ordinary Angel: Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims about Jesus AYBRL
1000 A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Volume I: The Roots of the Problem and the Person A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Volume I: The Roots of the Problem and the Person AYBRL
1000 A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Volume II: Mentor, Message, and Miracles A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Volume II: Mentor, Message, and Miracles AYBRL
1000 The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke AYBRL
1000 The Death of the Messiah, From Gethsemane to the Grave: Volume 1: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels The Death of the Messiah, From Gethsemane to the Grave: Volume 1: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels AYBRL
1000 The Death of the Messiah, From Gethsemane to the Grave: Volume 2: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels The Death of the Messiah, From Gethsemane to the Grave: Volume 2: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels AYBRL
1000 Birth of the Messiah: Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in Matthew and Luke Birth of the Messiah: Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in Matthew and Luke
1000 Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth BiiW
1000 The Parables of Jesus: A Commentary The Parables of Jesus: A Commentary BiiW
1000 Jesus and the Spirit Jesus and the Spirit
1000 Jesus, Paul and the Gospels Jesus, Paul and the Gospels
1000 Jesus and Israel's Traditions of Judgement and Restoration Jesus and Israel's Traditions of Judgement and Restoration SNTSMS
1000 Jesus and the Forgiveness of Sins: An Aspect of his Prophetic Mission Jesus and the Forgiveness of Sins: An Aspect of his Prophetic Mission SNTSMS
1000 Wisdom in the Q-Tradition: The Aphoristic Teaching of Jesus Wisdom in the Q-Tradition: The Aphoristic Teaching of Jesus SNTSMS
1000 The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation SNTSMS
1000 Jesus against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict Jesus against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict
1000 A New Perspective on Jesus: What the Quest for the Historical Jesus Missed A New Perspective on Jesus: What the Quest for the Historical Jesus Missed ASBT
1000 Secrets of Golgotha: The Forgotten History of Christ's Crucifixion Secrets of Golgotha: The Forgotten History of Christ's Crucifixion
1000 The Jewish Context of Jesus' Miracles The Jewish Context of Jesus' Miracles LNTS
1000 Jesus, the Sabbath and the Jewish Debate: Healing on the Sabbath in the 1st and 2nd Centuries CE Jesus, the Sabbath and the Jewish Debate: Healing on the Sabbath in the 1st and 2nd Centuries CE LNTS
1000 Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament LNTS
1000 Parables of Jesus: Introduction and Exposition (S.P.C.K. Large Paperbacks 25) Parables of Jesus: Introduction and Exposition (S.P.C.K. Large Paperbacks 25)
1000 A New Vision for Israel: The Teachings of Jesus in National Context A New Vision for Israel: The Teachings of Jesus in National Context SHJ
1000 Structuring Early Christian Memory: Jesus in Tradition, Performance and Text Structuring Early Christian Memory: Jesus in Tradition, Performance and Text LNTS
1000 Jesus and the Scriptures: Problems, Passages and Patterns Jesus and the Scriptures: Problems, Passages and Patterns LNTS
1000 Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels
1000 Jesus' Literacy: Scribal Culture and the Teacher from Galilee Jesus' Literacy: Scribal Culture and the Teacher from Galilee LNTS
1000 The Challenge of Jesus' Parables The Challenge of Jesus' Parables McMNTS
1000 Training of the Twelve: Timeless Principles for Leadership Development Training of the Twelve: Timeless Principles for Leadership Development
1000 Luke and the Last Things: A Perspective for the Understanding of Lukan Thought Luke and the Last Things: A Perspective for the Understanding of Lukan Thought
1000 Jesus, A Jewish Galilean: A New Reading Of The Jesus Story Jesus, A Jewish Galilean: A New Reading Of The Jesus Story
1000 Jesus and the Law in the Synoptic Tradition Jesus and the Law in the Synoptic Tradition SNTSMS
1000 Jesus of Nazareth in New Testament Preaching Jesus of Nazareth in New Testament Preaching SNTSMS
1000 Jesus and the Gospels: (Volume 1 of the New Testament Introduction and Survey) Jesus and the Gospels: (Volume 1 of the New Testament Introduction and Survey)
1000 The Voice of Jesus in the Social Rhetoric of James The Voice of Jesus in the Social Rhetoric of James SNTSMS
1000 Christology and the Synoptic Problem An Argument for Markan Priority Christology and the Synoptic Problem An Argument for Markan Priority SNTSMS
1000 The Past of Jesus in the Gospels The Past of Jesus in the Gospels SNTSMS
1000 The Zion Traditions and the Aims of Jesus The Zion Traditions and the Aims of Jesus SNTSMS
1000 From Pentecost to Patmos: (Volume 2 of the New Testament Introduction and Survey) From Pentecost to Patmos: (Volume 2 of the New Testament Introduction and Survey)
1000 Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation SNTSMS
1000 Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd ed): A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd ed): A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship IVPBDS
1000 Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship IVPBDS
1000 The Criteria for Authenticity in Historical-Jesus Research: Previous Discussion and New Proposals The Criteria for Authenticity in Historical-Jesus Research: Previous Discussion and New Proposals LNTS
1000 Jesus Jesus
1000  The Parables ofJesus The Parables ofJesus
1000 The Eucharistic Words of Jesus The Eucharistic Words of Jesus
1000 Jerusalem in the Time of Christ: an Investigation Into Economic and Social Conditions During the New Testament Period Jerusalem in the Time of Christ: an Investigation Into Economic and Social Conditions During the New Testament Period
1000 Jesus and Time: An Interpretation of Mark 1.15 Jesus and Time: An Interpretation of Mark 1.15 LNTS
1000 Jesus: An Historical and Theological Introduction Jesus: An Historical and Theological Introduction UBW
1000 Kenotic Politics: The Reconfiguration of Power in Jesus' Political Praxis Kenotic Politics: The Reconfiguration of Power in Jesus' Political Praxis LNTS
1000 The Stories of Jesus' Birth The Stories of Jesus' Birth SP
1000 Jesus the Temple Jesus the Temple
1000  Jesus the Priest Jesus the Priest
1000 A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume V: Probing the Authenticity of the Parables A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume V: Probing the Authenticity of the Parables AYBRL
1000 Jesus and the Temple: The Crucifixion in its Jewish Context Jesus and the Temple: The Crucifixion in its Jewish Context SNTSMS
1000 Quest for the Historical Jesus after the Demise of Authenticity: Toward a Critical Realist Philosophy of History in Jesus Studies Quest for the Historical Jesus after the Demise of Authenticity: Toward a Critical Realist Philosophy of History in Jesus Studies LNTS
1000 The Last Adam: A Theology of the Obedient Life of Jesus in the Gospels The Last Adam: A Theology of the Obedient Life of Jesus in the Gospels
1000 The Method and Message of Jesus' Teachings The Method and Message of Jesus' Teachings
1000 God among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leader God among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leader
1000 Jesus in John's Gospel: Structure and Issues in Johannine Christology Jesus in John's Gospel: Structure and Issues in Johannine Christology
1000 Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony
1000 On Earth as in Heaven: The Lord’s Prayer from Jewish Prayer to Christian Ritual On Earth as in Heaven: The Lord’s Prayer from Jewish Prayer to Christian Ritual
1000 Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 2 Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 2
1000 The Vermes Quest: The Significance of Geza Vermes for Jesus Research The Vermes Quest: The Significance of Geza Vermes for Jesus Research LNTS
1000 The Proverbs of Jesus: Issues of History and Rhetoric The Proverbs of Jesus: Issues of History and Rhetoric LNTS
1000 Paul and Jesus: Collected Essays Paul and Jesus: Collected Essays LNTS
1000 The Confrontational Wit of Jesus: Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination The Confrontational Wit of Jesus: Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination CF
1000 The Story of Christ in the Ethics of Paul: An Analysis of the Function of the Hymnic Material in the Pauline Corpus The Story of Christ in the Ethics of Paul: An Analysis of the Function of the Hymnic Material in the Pauline Corpus LNTS
1000 Jesus, Paul and Torah: Collected Essays Jesus, Paul and Torah: Collected Essays LNTS
1000 Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 1 Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 1
1000 Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 3 Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 3
1000 Jesus the Miracle Worker: A Historical and Theological Study Jesus the Miracle Worker: A Historical and Theological Study
1000 The Tendencies of the Gospel Tradition The Tendencies of the Gospel Tradition SNTSMS
1000 Herod Antipas Herod Antipas SNTSMS
1000 Sayings of the Risen Jesus: Christian Prophecy in the Synoptic Tradition Sayings of the Risen Jesus: Christian Prophecy in the Synoptic Tradition SNTSMS
1000 Jesus and the Forgiveness of Sins: An Aspect of his Prophetic Mission Jesus and the Forgiveness of Sins: An Aspect of his Prophetic Mission SNTSMS
1000 Reading the Gospels Today Reading the Gospels Today McMNTS
1000 Incarnation in the Gospels Incarnation in the Gospels REC
1000 Gospel Parallels, NRSV Edition: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels Gospel Parallels, NRSV Edition: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels
1000 Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels
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