Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels by Mark L. StraussFour Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels by Mark L. Strauss

Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels

byMark L. Strauss


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To Christians worldwide, the man Jesus of Nazareth is the centerpiece of history, the object of faith, hope, and worship. Even those who do not follow him admit the vast influence of his life. For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential. Four Portraits, One Jesus is a thorough yet accessible introduction to these documents and their subject, the life and person of Jesus. Like different artists rendering the same subject using different styles and points of view, the Gospels paint four highly distinctive portraits of the same remarkable Jesus. With clarity and insight, Mark Strauss illuminates these four books, first addressing their nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds. He then moves on to closer study of each narrative and its contribution to our understanding of Jesus, investigating things such as plot, characters, and theme. Finally, he pulls it all together with a detailed examination of what the Gospels teach about Jesus’ ministry, message, death, and resurrection, with excursions into the quest for the historical Jesus and the historical reliability of the Gospels.

Mark Strauss (PhD, Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts; Distorting Scripture?: The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy; Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series; and Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary...
Title:Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the GospelsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.38 × 7.63 × 1.5 inPublisher:Zondervan

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031022697X

ISBN - 13:9780310226970


Editorial Reviews

'Strauss guides the nonspecialist gently through the maze of academic jargon and esoteric debate. The treatment is fair and responsible, based on sound scholarship but not over burdened with footnotes.' -- R.T. France, Principal Emeritus