Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (Second Edition) (IVP Bible Dictionary)
Green, Joel B.; Brown, Jeannine K; Perrin, Nicholas
“A superb resource for the study of the Gospels. Because they are limited to Jesus and the Gospels these excellent articles can be much longer than is typically the case in reference works. The contributors represent the finest contemporary scholarship and are often among the leading authorities on the subjects they have been assigned. This is a reference volume that every serious student of the Gospels will be grateful to own and use.”See All
Donald A. Hagner
Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary
“Scholarly, yet nontechnical—and written from the standpoint of orthodox Christian belief—this outstanding Dictionary harvests the fruits of contemporary research into Jesus and the Gospels for the benefit of pastors, seminarians and the general public.”See All
Bishop of North Sydney, Australia
“I am impressed by the breadth of research and the care with which evidence is weighed and conclusions are stated....This volume makes readily available virtually all of the relevant data and presents summaries of the major conclusions that characterize contemporary Gospel scholarship. Clearly written, it will be especially useful for the pastor who wishes to be reliably informed on these matters.”See All
Paul J. Achtemeir
Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Union Theological Seminary Paul J. Achtemeir, Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Union Theological Seminary
“What James Hastings’ famous Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels did for the early twentieth century, IVP’s stunning Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels has done for the late twentieth and early twenty–first century—provide an authoritative treatment of all the major historical and theological themes found in the four Gospels. Since the contributors write in fields of their demonstrated expertise, often articles summarize a monograph the author has written; one finds, for example, Blomberg writing on ‘Historical Reliability,’ Bruce on ‘Canon,’ Danker on ‘Benefactor,’ Hoehner on ‘Chronology,’ Osborne on ‘Resurrection,’ Riesner on ‘Teacher,’ Stein on the ‘Synoptic Problem,’ Travis on ‘Judgement,’ Trites on ‘Witness,’ and Wilkins on ‘Disciples.’ Being user–friendly with its clear format, extensive bibliographies, and uncluttered English, the Dictionary will prove a splendid tool not only for pastors and teachers but also for students and laypersons.”See All
Murray J. Harris
Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“This reference work harvests the fruit of the best contemporary evangelical scholarship on the Gospels. Students who seek a responsible, critically conservative perspective on the Gospel traditions will find a rich source of information here. The up–to–date selective bibliographies make this volume especially valuable as a teaching tool.”See All
Richard B. Hays
Associate Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School
“A splendid achievement! Thanks to some careful and innovative editorial planning and execution, this volume fills a large gap in recent literature on the Gospels and their christologies.... The time is surely ripe to harvest the gains of academic study over the past several decades when evangelical scholars have played a notable role.... The book will take its place on the shelf and desk of all alert ministers, hard–pressed students and even circumspect professors!”See All
Ralph P. Martin
Professor Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary
1993 ECPA Gold Medallion (Reference Text)
1993 Christianity Today Critics' Choice Award
The 2014 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner (Bible Reference)
2014 Readers' Choice Award Winner
Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (Gospels and Jesus)
The second edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels is a thoroughly reconstructed and revised version of the critically acclaimed 1992 first edition. Since that groundbreaking volume was published, a wave of Jesus and Gospel scholarship has crested and broken on the shores of a new century.
Jesus has been proposed as sage, shaman, revolutionary, marginal Jew, Mediterranean peasant or a prophet of Israel’s restoration. The non–canonical Gospels have been touted, examined and reassessed. There are revised understandings of historiography, orality, form criticism, empire and more. The second edition of the DJG amply weighs and assess the gains and shortcomings of this new scholarship.
Here is a self–contained reference library of information and perspective essential to exploring Jesus and the Gospels. This volume bridges the gap between scholars and those pastors, teachers, students and interested readers who want thorough treatments of key topics in an accessible and summary format. Articles cover each Gospel, major themes in the Gospels, key episodes in the life of Jesus, significant background topics, as well as issues and methods of interpretation.
Among other benefits, it allows multiple opportunities for each of the Gospels to be weighed and heard in its own voice. Bibliographies are full and up to date, putting readers in touch with the best work in the field. All of this allows the articles to serve as launching pads for further research.
When the first edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels was published, it was immediately recognized as an innovative reference work. By taking a particular corpus of biblical books and exploring it with in–depth articles written by specialists in the field, it refashioned a staple reference genre. This dictionary model has now been applied to each segment of the biblical canon in successive volumes.
Those who have enjoyed and benefitted from the wealth in the first edition will find the second edition an equally indispensable companion to study and research. Over ninety percent of the articles have been completely rewritten, and the rest thoroughly revised and updated. Here is the doorway into a reliable and comprehensive summary and appraisal of the last twenty years of Jesus scholarship. A new generation of scholars has opened the way to make this a Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels for the twenty–first century.