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The Gospels and Jesus (Oxford Bible Series) Paperback – 16 May 2002

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (16 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199246165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199246168
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Dr. Graham Stanton is a renowned exegete and expositor of the Gospels. His The Gospels and Jesus has been a standard teaching tool since it was first published in 1989. I am delighted to have received the updated, second edition. It is a rare achievement for any author to comprehend, digest, and present such a vast amount of scholarly research in a simple, clear, and readable format. From my own standpoint, I am especially happy to see how the recent debates about the historical Jesus are judiciously reflected in the expanded treatment of the subject in this second edition, which deserves as much dissemination and use as the first.' (John P. Meier, University of Notre Dame)

Review from previous edition ' excellent introduction to the present day study of the gospels. The style of the book is simple and attractive.' (Irish Biblical Studies)

'The current updating of Graham Stanton's book will help it maintain its preeminent position as a valuable and authoritative introduction suitable for a wide readership.' (Keith Elliott, University of Leeds)

'I continue to be impressed with how well the author has achieved the aim of covering so much material and so many issues within comparatively brief scope.' (US review of the proposed new edition)

'Graham Stanton's book is well-known and highly regarded as an excellent introduction to the study of Jesus and the Gospels. The author is of course a well-known and established New Testament scholar, well-placed to introduce students to the discipline and subject matter. A lot has happened in the field of New Testament studies in the eleven years since the book was first published, and it would be of great benefiit for the book to be revised to take account of these developments.' (UK review of the proposed new edition)

'an even better book than before, now presented in an enlarged and attractive format' (Morna D. Hooker,The Epwoth Review)

'he has again produced a work that is remarkable for the clarity of its argument and the breadth of its scholarship' (J.E. Tollington, Journal of the STudy of the Old Testament)


Jesus of Nazareth and the four New Testament gospels continue to fascinate people from many cultural and religious backgrounds. Who was Jesus? Are Christian claims about him supported by solid historical evidence? How reliable are the evangelists' portraits of Jesus which were written some fifty years after his crucifixion? These questions can be explored only on the basis of a sound grasp of the intentions and methods of the four evangelists. Professor Stanton insists that the evangelists are concerned with both the story and the significance of Jesus of Nazareth. Part I of this book examines the distinctive emphases of all four evangelists and discusses the apocryphal gospels, with special reference to the Gospel of Thomas. Part II deals with the ways of assessing the evidence for Jesus and explores his teaching, intentions, and the reasons for his downfall. This book pays particular attention to appropriate methods for careful study of the gospels and the historical Jesus to provide an excellent textbook and a penetrating study for the general reader.

NEW TO THIS EDITION: - Every chapter updated to take account of recent scholarly developments - Fuller discussion of literary criticism (chapter 2); the Gospel of Thomas (chapter 7); archaeological evidence (chapter 8); and methods for reconstructing the teaching of Jesus (chapter 9) - Bibliography is extended, updated, and partly annotated - New cross-references added to increase usability - Map now included - Material within some chapters and sub-sections has been reorganised to increase accessibility - Biblical quotations are now taken from the NRSV text - New larger format and text design

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