Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus And

Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus And the Gospels ❮Reading❯ ➿ Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus And the Gospels Author Mark L. Strauss – 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 in To Christians worldwide the man One Jesus: PDF ↠ 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 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 Portraits, PDF/EPUB ² 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 uest for the historical Portraits, One Jesus: PDF/EPUB ¿ Jesus and the historical reliability of the Gospels.

10 thoughts on “Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus And the Gospels

  1. Steve Steve says:

    This is a fantastic book for any Christian to read It consists of four sections The first deals with the Gospel genre and various methods of studying them The second deals with the historical setting of the Gospels and this really helps to bring the Gospels alive to the reader The third section reviews the individual Gospel accounts showing their uniue perspective of Jesus The final section seeks to evaluate the Gospels as historyThe book is conservative evangelical and defends the traditional Christian view by robustly challenging liberal critical scholarship However the book is not overly academic and is readily understood by the average man If you are looking for a good book about Jesus that will help you to defend your faith better to your non Christian friends look no further than this book It is a gold mine of information

  2. Dave Weiss Dave Weiss says:

    Read this for a masters class I am taking and it was really good Very readable and comprehensible with a depth of good information on the Gospels and the arguments people bring against it written from the perspective of a strong believer This is a great apologetics tool A very worthwhile read

  3. Pig Rieke Pig Rieke says:

    500 pages of textbook material literally The author presents a variety of theories on subjects ranging from the production of the gospels historical setting Jesus theological themes ect In evaluating different academics and ideas he shows how the unorthodox prove to be logically inconsistent fail to take the text seriously lack understanding of the historical and cultural setting ect On the other hand the author presents and proves the Biblical witness as reliable and to be believedThe three star review is not a negative critiue The book is literally a text book Thus it falls into my three star category of ‘solid but not going to read again’

  4. Laurel Hicks Laurel Hicks says:

    This book is well worth reading but the first two chapters are puzzling and not in tune with the rest of the book Strauss discusses the authors of the four gospels and their reasons for writing but does not once in that context mention the Holy Spirit not even Christ’s promise that the Paraclete would recall all things to their remembrance I wonder who he is trying to impress?

  5. Morgan Johnson Morgan Johnson says:

    Strauss's book gives a broad and well written overview of the Gospels as a whole each of the four Gospels and issues surrounding them The setup of the book is very textbookish making it accessible and organized to most any reader I would recommend this book to someone who is wanting to begin andor increase their knowledge of the Gospels and the many topics included within that field This book helpfully addresses uestions such as Why are there four Gospels? What are the distinctives of each? and Are they reliable?

  6. John Yelverton John Yelverton says:

    I will give credit where credit is due and say that Mark Strauss knows his stuff What I did not like was the immense catering to the historical Jesus and how even though Strauss will eventually point out how they're wrong he has given them so much lip service that you're not entirely sure if he completely disagrees with them or not

  7. Timothy Decker Timothy Decker says:

    45 stars it is good enough to use as a classroom textbook this fall 2018 however there were some matters of disagreement that caused me to gig it 1 star

  8. Kumar Dixit Kumar Dixit says:

    I have been teaching a college class called Jesus and the Gospels for many years I’ve decided to use a new textbook by this author This audiobook is a 6 hour lecture by the author based on his bookIf you want to delve in the details of the gospels without feeling like you have to wade through the research and writings of a PhD professor this book is for you Strass presents the topic uickly with modern day examples to help bridges the first century Palestinian culture to today’s settingThe book covers all of the aspects you would expect; historical critical analysis cultural setting language differences important themes and discrepancies that scholars often discussAlso the book then spends a small amount of time focusing on each of the gospels separately providing a closer examination of the Gospel and what the original author was trying to convey through linguistic and literary stylesTowards the end Strauss transitions from the Gospels to addressing the historical Jesus demonstrating how the Bible and some but many outside sources can give proof to the life of Jesus He then discusses a few controversial topics such as miracles and the divinity of JesusFor the most part the writer provides an excellent overview of the subject He is clearly coming from a Christian perspective assuming the reader already has a belief that these books are indeed inspiredUpon completion I felt the author addressed some other issues in the latter half of the book where his apologetic stance was weakened by failing to address some of the problem areas in the Bible like other scholars like Aslan Mark Clark or even Bishop SpongIn some ways the author could have built a stronger case on focusing on just the biblical literature the four Gospels instead of attempting to provide a weakened argument for the historical Jesus the case for miracles etcIn the end This is one of the best books that provide a layman’s approach to the gospels

  9. Steven Tryon Steven Tryon says:

    An excellent introduction to and overview of the four gospels While aimed at the general reader it does presume a familiarity with the New Testament minimally at least to have read through the four gospelsFor those who have not my recommendation would be to read the gospels in any reasonably current translation New International Version if you don't already have one then to read Four Portraits and to finish with another trip through the gospelsNot light reading but well worth the effort

  10. Rick Perez Rick Perez says:

    Great survey book of the Four Gospels I read the book and took notes while watching Mark Strauss given lectures on each chapter through the Master Lecture Series website What I enjoyed most was the review of the literary devices narrative features along with the theological reviews for each Gospel This has encouraged me to read the each Gospel as stand alone treatments rather than as a harmonized whole

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