Jesus and the Gospels

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All Books on Jesus and the Gospels

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Who Do My Opponents Say That I Am?: An Investigation of the Accusations Against Jesus Bock, Darrell L.; McKnight, Scot; Modica, Joseph B.; Bird, Michael F.; Sheets, Dwight D.; McGrath, James F.; Cohick, Lynn H. 188 LNTS 2008
The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God: Volume 3) Wright, N. T. 740 2003
Jesus and the Victory of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God: Volume 2) Wright, N. T. 741 1997
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship eds. Green, Joel B.; McKnight, Scot; Marshall, I. Howard 934 IVPBDS 1992
Stories With Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus Snodgrass, Klyne 846 2008
Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, Second Edition Blomberg, Craig L. 512 2009
Christianity in the Making: Volume 1: Jesus Remembered Dunn, James D. G. 992 2003
Jesus, A Jewish Galilean: A New Reading Of The Jesus Story Freyne, Sean 224 2004
Jesus and Israel's Traditions of Judgement and Restoration Bryan, Steven M. 294 SNTSMS 2002
The Criteria for Authenticity in Historical-Jesus Research: Previous Discussion and New Proposals Porter, Stanley E. 299 LNTS 2000
The Jewish Context of Jesus' Miracles Eve, Eric 282 LNTS 2002
Jesus and Scripture: Studying the New Testament Use of the Old Testament Moyise, Steve P. 160 2011
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels Bailey, Kenneth E. 443 2008
The Historical Reliability of the Gospels Blomberg, Craig L. 416 2008
Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study eds. Bock, Darrell L.; Herrick, Gregory J. 288 2005
The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition Eddy, Paul; Boyd, Gregory A. 480 2007
Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods Bock, Darrell L. 240 2002
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony Bauckham, Richard J. 2006
Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels Strauss, Mark L. 560 2007
The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke Brown, Raymond E. 752 AYBRL 1999
The Death of the Messiah, From Gethsemane to the Grave: Volume 1: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels Brown, Raymond E. 912 AYBRL 1998
The Death of the Messiah, From Gethsemane to the Grave: Volume 2: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels Brown, Raymond E. 752 AYBRL 1998
Homilies on the Gospels: Book Two (Lent to the Dedication of the Church) Bede the Venerable 290 CisSS 1991
Homilies on the Gospels: Book One (Advent to Lent) Bede the Venerable 290 CisSS 1991
Forty Gospel Homilies Gregory the Great 389 CisSS 1990
Gospel Parallels, NRSV Edition: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels Throckmorton, Burton H. 256 1992
A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Volume I: The Roots of the Problem and the Person Meier, John P. 496 AYBRL 1991
A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Volume II: Mentor, Message, and Miracles Meier, John P. 1134 AYBRL 1994
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd ed): A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship eds. Green, Joel B.; Brown, Jeannine K.; Perrin, Nicholas 1088 IVPBDS 2013
The Last Adam: A Theology of the Obedient Life of Jesus in the Gospels Crowe, Brandon D. 288 2017
Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels Bock, Darrell L.; Simpson, Benjamin I. 768 2016
Secrets of Golgotha: The Forgotten History of Christ's Crucifixion Martin, Ernest L. 277 1988
Birth of the Messiah: Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in Matthew and Luke Brown, Raymond E. 594 1977
The Challenge of Jesus' Parables Barton, Stephen C.; Evans, Craig A.; France, R. T.; Hagner, Donald A.; Hooker, Morna D.; Keesmaat, Sylvia C.; Knowles, Michael P.; Liefeld, Walter L.; Martens, Allan W.; Snodgrass, Klyne; Stein, Robert H.; Wright., Stephen I. 336 McMNTS 2000
Training of the Twelve: Timeless Principles for Leadership Development Bruce, A. B. 576 2000
A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Volume IV: Law and Love Meier, John P. 752 AYBRL 2009
Jesus, Paul and the Gospels Dunn, James D. G. 224 2011
Jesus and the Gospels: (Volume 1 of the New Testament Introduction and Survey) Blomberg, Craig L. 512 2014
From Pentecost to Patmos: (Volume 2 of the New Testament Introduction and Survey) Blomberg, Craig L. 596 2014
Jesus Schweizer, Eduard 208 1978
 The Parables ofJesus Jeremias, Joachim 248 1978
The Eucharistic Words of Jesus Jeremias, Joachim 1970
Jerusalem in the Time of Christ: an Investigation Into Economic and Social Conditions During the New Testament Period Jeremias, Joachim 405 1969
Jesus' Literacy: Scribal Culture and the Teacher from Galilee Keith, Chris 240 LNTS 2013
A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume V: Probing the Authenticity of the Parables Meier, John P. 464 AYBRL 2016
The Method and Message of Jesus' Teachings Stein, Robert H. 220 1994
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony Bauckham, Richard J. 702 2017
The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others McKnight, Scot 352 2005
Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism Watts, Rikk E.; Bendoraitis, Kristian A.; Marshall, Mary; Shively, Elizabeth Evans; Snodgrass, Klyne; Bird, Michael F.; Garland, David E.; Jensen, Morten Hørning; Beers, Holly; Whittle, Sarah; Iverson, Kelly R.; Henderson, Susanne Watts; Grindheim, Sigurd; Pifer, Jeanette Hagen; Aernie, Jeffrey W.; Instone-Brewer, David; Mathews, Mark D.; Goodrich, John K.; Gombis, Timothy G.; Perrin, Nicholas; Turner, David L.; Maston, Jason; Strauss, Mark L.; Pennington, Jonathan T.; Peeler, Amy; Gupta, Nijay K.; Bock, Darrell L.; Bond, Helen K.; Evans, Craig A.; Blackwell, Ben C. 240 2018
Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography Chilton, Bruce D. 330 2000
A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels Kirk, J. R. Daniel 656 2016
Christobiography: Memories, History, and the Reliability of the Gospels Keener, Craig S. 496 2019
The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ Boyarin, Daniel 224 2011
Jesus of Nazareth: Lord and Christ - Essays on the Historical Jesus and New Testament Christology Bock, Darrell L.; Bauckham, Richard J.; Beasley-Murray, George R.; Schnabel, Eckhard J.; Green, Joel B.; Blomberg, Craig L.; France, R. T.; Morris, Leon; Carson, D. A.; Osborne, Grant R.; Stanton, Graham N.; Ellis, E. Earle; Gundry, Robert H.; Borgen, Peder; Bayer, Hans F.; Barrett, Charles K.; Riesner, Rainer; Drane, John W.; Wenham, David; Fee, Gordon D.; Travis, Stephen H.; Arnold, Clinton E.; Edwards, Ruth B.; Burge, Gary M.; Guthrie, Donald; Turner, Max; Dunn, James D. G.; Thiselton, Anthony C.; Longenecker, Richard N.; Ellingworth, Paul 560 1994
Women in the Ministry of Jesus: A Study of Jesus' Attitudes to Women and their Roles as Reflected in His Earthly Life Witherington III, Ben 236 SNTSMS 1987
Luke and the Last Things: A Perspective for the Understanding of Lukan Thought Mattill Jr., A. J. 247 1979
The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation Burkett, Delbert 192 SNTSMS 2007
The Son of Man in the Teaching of Jesus Higgins, A. J. B. 188 SNTSMS 2005
Wisdom in the Q-Tradition: The Aphoristic Teaching of Jesus Piper, Ronald Allen 336 SNTSMS 2004
Incarnation in the Gospels Phillips, Richard D.; Doriani, Daniel M.; Ryken, Philip Graham 240 REC 2008
Reading the Gospels Today Evans, Craig A.; Knowles, Michael P.; Lincoln, Andrew T.; Martens, Allan W.; McDonald, Lee Martin; Wolters, Al; Yang, Yong-Eui 232 McMNTS 2004
No Ordinary Angel: Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims about Jesus Garrett, Susan R. 352 AYBRL 2008
Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth McClymond, Michael 224 2004
The Parables of Jesus: A Commentary Hultgren, Arland J. 552 2000
Jesus and the Spirit Dunn, James D. G. 527 1997
Jesus and the Forgiveness of Sins: An Aspect of his Prophetic Mission Hägerland, Tobias 324 SNTSMS 2014
Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus Chancey, Mark A. 304 SNTSMS 2008
Jesus against the Scribal Elite: The Origins of the Conflict Keith, Chris 208 2014
Jesus and the Law in the Synoptic Tradition Banks, Robert J. 324 SNTSMS 2005
The Voice of Jesus in the Social Rhetoric of James Wachob, Wesley Hiram 268 SNTSMS 2005
Christology and the Synoptic Problem An Argument for Markan Priority Head, Peter M. 356 SNTSMS 2005
The Past of Jesus in the Gospels Lemcio, Eugene E. 208 SNTSMS 2005
The Zion Traditions and the Aims of Jesus Tan, Kim Huat 292 SNTSMS 2005
Jesus of Nazareth in New Testament Preaching Stanton, Graham N. 220 SNTSMS 2004
Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation Bond, Helen K. 276 SNTSMS 2004
A New Perspective on Jesus: What the Quest for the Historical Jesus Missed Dunn, James D. G. 136 ASBT 2005
Jesus, the Sabbath and the Jewish Debate: Healing on the Sabbath in the 1st and 2nd Centuries CE Collins, Nina L. 504 LNTS 2014
Jesus Wept: The Significance of Jesus’ Laments in the New Testament Eklund, Rebekah 224 LNTS 2014
Jesus and Time: An Interpretation of Mark 1.15 Palu, Ma'afu 320 LNTS 2014
Jesus: An Historical and Theological Introduction Knight, Jonathan 256 UBW 2004
The Stories of Jesus' Birth Freed, Edwin D. 184 UBW 2004
Kenotic Politics: The Reconfiguration of Power in Jesus' Political Praxis Moore, Mark E. 224 LNTS 2015
Jesus the Temple Perrin, Nicholas 240 2010
 Jesus the Priest Perrin, Nicholas 288 2015
Parables of Jesus: Introduction and Exposition (S.P.C.K. Large Paperbacks 25) Linnemann, Eta 196 1977
A New Vision for Israel: The Teachings of Jesus in National Context McKnight, Scot 280 1999
Structuring Early Christian Memory: Jesus in Tradition, Performance and Text Rodriguez, Rafael 304 LNTS 2015
Jesus and the Scriptures: Problems, Passages and Patterns Hägerland, Tobias 272 LNTS 2016
Jesus and the Temple: The Crucifixion in its Jewish Context Joseph, Simon J. SNTSMS 2016
Quest for the Historical Jesus after the Demise of Authenticity: Toward a Critical Realist Philosophy of History in Jesus Studies Bernier, Jonathan 224 LNTS 2016
The Messiah in the Temple: The Symbolism and Significance of the Second Temple in Light of the New Testament Liebi, Roger 655 2012
Jesus the God-Man: The Unity and Diversity of the Gospel Portrayals Bock, Darrell L.; Simpson, Benjamin I. 208 2016
God among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leader Samples, Kenneth Richard 288 2017
Jesus in John's Gospel: Structure and Issues in Johannine Christology Loader, William 542 2017
On Earth as in Heaven: The Lord’s Prayer from Jewish Prayer to Christian Ritual Clark, David J. 244 2017
Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 1 Fruchtenbaum, Arnold G. 2016
Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 2 Fruchtenbaum, Arnold G. 680 2017
Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 3 Fruchtenbaum, Arnold G. 506 2017
The Vermes Quest: The Significance of Geza Vermes for Jesus Research Moller, Hilde Brekke 256 LNTS 2017
Christ, Shepherd of the Nations: The Nations as Narrative Character and Audience in John's Apocalypse Morales, Jon 224 LNTS 2017
Jesus the Miracle Worker: A Historical and Theological Study Twelftree, Graham H. 470 1999
The Confrontational Wit of Jesus: Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination Wallace, Catherine M. 182 2016
Studia Biblica 1978. II Papers on the Gospels Boyd, W. J. P.; Burns, Y.; Chilton, Bruce D.; Coutts, John; Cummings, J. T.; Derrett, J. Duncan; de Satge, John; Fenton, John C.; France, R. T.; Freeborn, Jack; Garnet, Paul; Glasswell, M. E.; Marsh, John; McDonald, James I. H.; Mealand, David L.; Moloney, Francis J.; Moreton, M. B.; Morgan-Wynne, J.; O'Leary, Joseph Stephen; Powley, Brian G.; Riches, John K.; Robinson, B. P.; Russell, E. A.; Sherriff, J. M.; Sproston, Wendy E.; Sturch, Richard L.; Wanamaker, Charles A.; Williams, J. T. 350 LNTS 1980
The Story of Christ in the Ethics of Paul: An Analysis of the Function of the Hymnic Material in the Pauline Corpus Fowl, Stephen E. 240 LNTS 1990
The Proverbs of Jesus: Issues of History and Rhetoric Winton, Alan P. 244 LNTS 1990
Paul and Jesus: Collected Essays eds. Wedderburn, Alexander J. M. 204 LNTS 2004
Jesus, Paul and Torah: Collected Essays Räisänen, Heikki 304 LNTS 2015
The Tendencies of the Gospel Tradition Sanders, E. P. 342 SNTSMS 1969
Herod Antipas Hoehner, Harold W. 436 SNTSMS 1972
Sayings of the Risen Jesus: Christian Prophecy in the Synoptic Tradition Boring, M. Eugene 327 SNTSMS 1982
Yeshua: The Life of Messiah from a Messianic Jewish Perspective: Volume 4 Fruchtenbaum, Arnold G. 426 2017
Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ Stein, Robert H. 290 2017
The Earliest Perceptions of Jesus in Context: Essays in Honor of John Nolland Riesner, Rainer; Evans, Craig A.; Baum, Armin D.; Hatina, Thomas R.; Wright, N. T.; Bock, Darrell L.; Brawley, Robert L.; Lee, Yongbom; Walton, Steve John; Stenschke, Christoph W.; Gurtner, Daniel M.; O'Donnell, Douglas Sean; Wenham, David; Deines, Roland; Smith, Craig A.; Davids, Peter H.; John, Eeva; Schnabel, Eckhard J. 320 LNTS 2018
The Divine Christ: Paul, the Lord Jesus, and the Scriptures of Israel Capes, David B. 224 ASBT 2018
Portraits of Jesus in the Gospel of John Koester, Craig R.; Thompson, Marianne Meye; Crossley, James G.; Twelftree, Graham H.; Thatcher, Tom; Chilton, Bruce D.; Keith, Chris; Horsley, Richard A.; Novenson, Matthew; Reynolds, Benjamin E.; Myers, Alicia; Schröter, Jens 224 LNTS 2018
The Historical Jesus and the Galilean Crisis: The Origins, Reception, and Value of an Influential Hypothesis Ferda, Tucker S. 368 LNTS 2018
Theodicy and the Cross of Christ: A New Testament Inquiry Holmén, Tom 224 LNTS 2018
Jesus' Literacy: Scribal Culture and the Teacher from Galilee Keith, Chris 242 LNTS 2011
Jesus the Lord according to Paul the Apostle: A Concise Introduction Fee, Gordon D. 224 2018
The Story of the Christ: The Life and Teachings of a Spiritual Master McKnight, Scot 192 2005
Introducing Jesus: A Short Guide to the Gospels' History and Message Strauss, Mark L. 176 2018
Jesus and the Oral Gospel Tradition eds. Wansbrough, Henry 470 LNTS 2004
From Good News to Gospels: What Did the First Christians Say about Jesus? Wenham, David 144 2018
Jesus Monotheism: Volume 1: Christological Origins: The Emerging Consensus and Beyond Fletcher-Louis, Crispin H. T. 388 2015
Characterization in the Gospels: Reconceiving Narrative Criticism Merenlahti, Petri; Hakola, Raimo; Lehtipuu, Outi; Syreeni, Kari; Mattila, Talvikki; Järvinen, Arto; Rhoads, David 304 LNTS 2004
Jerusalem and the Early Jesus Movement: The Q Community's Attitude toward the Temple Han, Kyu Sam 250 LNTS 2002
Jesus, Mark and Q: The Teaching of Jesus and Its Earliest Records Fleddermann, Harry T.; Schröter, Jens; du Toit, David S.; Öhler, Markus; Holmén, Tom; Evans, Craig A.; Downing, F. Gerald; Reiser, Marius; Balla, Peter; Schüssler Fiorenza, Elisabeth 296 LNTS 2001
Writing the Gospels: A Dialogue with Francis Watson Willitts, Joel; Hamilton, Catherine Sider; Bauckham, Richard J.; Bockmuehl, Markus; Schröter, Jens; Burridge, Richard A.; Goodacre, Mark; Pennington, Jonathan T.; Jipp, Joshua W.; Mulder, Frederik; Mitchell, Margaret M.; Radner, Ephraim; Watson, Francis 224 LNTS 2019
“The Time Is Fulfilled”: Jesus’s Apocalypticism in the Context of Continental Philosophy Bahr, Lynne Moss 176 LNTS 2018
Historiography and Hermeneutics in Jesus Studies: An Examinaiton of the Work of John Dominic Crossan and Ben F. Meyer Denton, Donald L. 242 LNTS 2004
Gospels before the Book Larsen, Matthew D. C. 224 2018
Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission Bird, Michael F. 226 LNTS 2007
Jesus and Land: Sacred and Social Space in Second Temple Judaism Wenell, Karen J. 192 LNTS 2007
Jesus from Judaism to Christianity: Continuum Approaches to the Historical Jesus Holmén, Tom; Chilton, Bruce D.; Loader, William; Freyne, Sean; Kazen, Thomas; Merz, Annette; Broadhead, Edwin K.; Broer, Ingo 192 LNTS 2007
The Audience of the Gospels: The Origin and Function of the Gospels in Early Christianity Klink, III, Edward W.; Peterson, Dwight; Bird, Michael F.; Reinhartz, Adele; Blomberg, Craig L.; Goodacre, Mark; Smith, Justin Marc; Bauckham, Richard J. 208 LNTS 2010
Jesus as Israel’s Messiah: Engaging the Work of N. Thomas Wright eds. Powell, Mark Allan LNTS 2010
Jesus as Restoration Prophet: Engaging the Work of E. P. Sanders eds. Webb, Robert L.; Goodacre, Mark 224 LNTS 2010
'Who is this son of man?' The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus Lukaszewski, Albert L.; Owen, Paul L.; Shepherd, David H.; Williams, Peter; Bock, Darrell L.; Reynolds, Benjamin E.; Hannah, Darrell D.; Hurtado, Larry W. 208 LNTS 2011
Jesus and Paul: Global Perspectives in Honour of James D. G. Dunn. A festschrift for his 70th Birthday McGrath, James F.; Wright, Stephen I.; Kanagaraj, Jey J.; Christiansen, Ellen Juhl; Twelftree, Graham H.; Bond, Helen K.; Zwiep, Arie W.; Martin C. Scott, J.; Gathercole, Simon J.; Schenck, Kenneth L.; Robertson, C. K.; Oropeza, B. J.; Mohrmann, Douglas C.; Garlington, Donald; Lo, Lung-kwong; Bevere, Allan R.; Byron, John 272 LNTS 2010
Psychological Analyses and the Historical Jesus: New Ways to Explore Christian Origins Os, Bas Van 236 LNTS 2011
Jesus, the Galilean Exorcist: His Exorcisms in Social and Political Context Witmer, Amanda 264 LNTS 2012
Jesus in Jerusalem: The Last Days Schnabel, Eckhard J. 704 2018
Jesus according to the New Testament Dunn, James D. G. 232 2019
Jesus, the Gospels, and the Galilean Crisis Ferda, Tucker S. 328 LNTS 2018
Matthew, Disciple and Scribe: The First Gospel and Its Portrait of Jesus Schreiner, Patrick 288 2019
The Jesus of the Gospels: An Introduction Köstenberger, Andreas J. 432 2020
Jesus and the Forces of Death: The Gospels’ Portrayal of Ritual Impurity within First-Century Judaism Thiessen, Matthew 256 2020
Interpreting the Gospels and Acts: An Exegetical Handbook Turner, David L. 368 HNTE 2019
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