Four Portraits, One Jesus Workbook: Guided Reading Projects and Exercises in the Gospels

Paperback | June 16, 2015

byMark L. Strauss

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This workbook accompanies Mark L. Strauss’s Four Portraits, One Jesus. Following the textbook’s structure, it offers readings from the Gospels, activities, and exercises designed to support the students’ learning experience and enhance their comprehension of what can be known from the Gospels about the central defining subject of Christianity, Jesus of Nazareth.

Four Portraits, One Jesus is a thorough yet accessible introduction to the four biblical Gospels 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.

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This workbook accompanies Mark L. Strauss’s Four Portraits, One Jesus. Following the textbook’s structure, it offers readings from the Gospels, activities, and exercises designed to support the students’ learning experience and enhance their comprehension of what can be known from the Gospels about the central defining subject of Chris...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.5 inPublished:June 16, 2015Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310522846

ISBN - 13:9780310522843

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Table of Contents

Part One1. What Are the Gospels?2. Exploring the Origin and Nature of the Gospels: Historical-Critical Methods of Gospel Research3. Reading and Hearing the Gospel Stories: Literary-Critical Methods of Gospel ResearchPart Two4. The Historical Setting of the Gospels5. The Religious Setting: First-Century Judaism6. The Social and Cultural Setting of the GospelsPart Three 7. Mark: The Gospel of the Suffering of the Son of God8. Matthew: The Gospel of the Messiah9. Luke: The Gospel of the Savior for All People10. John: The Gospel of the Son Who Reveals the FatherPart Four11. Searching for the Real Jesus12. The Historical Reliability of the Gospels13. The Contours and Chronology of Jesus' Ministry14. Jesus' Birth and Childhood15. The Beginning of Jesus' Ministry16. The Message of Jesus17. The Miracles of Jesus18. The Messianic Words and Actions of Jesus19. The Death of Jesus20. The Resurrection of JesusConclusionGlossaryIndex