The Story of Jesus in History and Faith: An Introduction  -     By: Lee Martin McDonald
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A critical question for contemporary Christians addressed by a wise, seasoned, and dedicated Christian scholar.

Christians confront the ostensible dichotomy between the 'Christ of faith' and the 'Jesus of history' more everyday-whether in their own thinking about Christianity or in the form of a question from skeptics or curious non-believers. What may be claimed about Jesus in a responsible way?

In The Story of Jesus in History and Faith McDonald examines the most important aspects of the story of Jesus from his birth to his resurrection and introduces key issues and approaches in the study of the historical Jesus. He also considers faith issues, taking account of theological perspectives that secularized historiography cannot address. The book incorporates excerpts from primary sources and includes a map and tables.

Many books are available on the historical Jesus, but few address issues that are critically central to Christian faith--namely, Jesus as resurrected Lord, Christ, and Son of God. This comprehensive introduction to the study of the historical Jesus takes both scholarship and Christian faith seriously.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0801039878
ISBN-13: 9780801039874
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Many books are available on the historical Jesus, but few address issues that are critically central to Christian faith--namely, Jesus as resurrected Lord, Christ, and Son of God. This comprehensive introduction to the study of the historical Jesus takes both scholarship and Christian faith seriously.

Leading New Testament scholar Lee Martin McDonald brings together two critically important dimensions of the story of Jesus: what we can know about him in his historical context and what we can responsibly claim about his significance for faith today. McDonald examines the most important aspects of the story of Jesus from his birth to his resurrection and introduces key issues and approaches in the study of the historical Jesus. He also considers faith issues, taking account of theological perspectives that secular historiography cannot address. The book incorporates excerpts from primary sources and includes a map and tables.

Author Bio

Lee Martin McDonald (PhD, University of Edinburgh), before his retirement, was professor of New Testament studies and president of Acadia Divinity College. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Biblical Canon, and coeditor of The Canon Debate (with James Sanders), and The World of the New Testament (with Joel Green). He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

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"Lee Martin McDonald writes with skill, insight, and spiritual energy. Lee's insight that Jesus' message proves 'we are significant enough to be loved' will be moving for many readers, as well as the notion that the biblical Jesus is also the Christ of faith. This book is highly recommended for classes and all who find Jesus' story riveting and compelling.
-James H. Charlesworth,
director and editor, Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project; George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary

The Story of Jesus in History and Faith is perhaps the best technical survey of Jesus research now in print. It is at once exhaustively thorough, painstakingly fair, and enormously readable. This is simply a great book that will serve scholars and students alike who need to become current on virtually every critical issue surrounding the Gospels, the life of Jesus, and the intersection of history and faith.
-Gary M. Burge, professor of New Testament, Wheaton College and Graduate School

Lee McDonald writes as a veteran scholar with a depth of experience in both the church and the academy. The Story of Jesus in History and Faith distinguishes itself by offering readers a learned and carefully nuanced discussion of what history is, how it is written, and what relevance it has for our understanding of Jesus. McDonald skillfully leads his readers through all of the important topics and questions, including the historical reliability of the New Testament Gospels and the miracles, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Careful reading of this book will profit believers and skeptics alike. I am pleased to recommend it.
-Craig A. Evans,
Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada

Lee McDonald has provided a wide-ranging compendium of useful information on the study of the historical Jesus, including an account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that engages the major critical issues. This material will be well suited to students at various levels of engagement. This is vintage McDonald.
-Stanley E. Porter,
president, dean, and professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

In what must be regarded as a tour de force in Jesus studies, Lee McDonald has picked up the gauntlet thrown down by David F. Strauss in the nineteenth century, effectively challenging his two dichotomies: that the Jesus of history must be divorced from the Christ of faith, and that the historicity of the Fourth Gospel is decimated by that of the Synoptics. As a fourth quest for Jesus seeks a way to include the Gospel of John, this book will play a pivotal role in restoring the critical integration of history and faith regarding the greatest subject of both fields: Jesus.
-Paul N. Anderson,
professor of biblical and Quaker studies, George Fox University; author of The Riddles of the Fourth Gospel

McDonald surveys the broad range of issues and sources in historical Jesus research in a way that is irenic toward all sides. Rather than pursuing a partisan line, he writes as an independent observer and yet with sensitivity to the scholars with whom he disagrees.
-Craig S. Keener,
professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

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    I am baffled by this book. McDonald is a bona fide New Testament scholar, he is the real deal. yet in this book there is just a host of borderline fundamentalist assumptions laced throughout. and I really can't understand the several other high caliber scholars that give this book a raving review. now granted, compared to them, I don't know squat, but I'm educated and intelligent enough to recognize blind metaphysical assumptions when I see them, as well as leaps of logic taken with ancient literature and the attempt to make sense of it.

    much like the title of the book, this work is indeed infused with "faith", but it seems a bit more like a fundamentalist faith dressed up in scholarly garb.

    the book McDonald co authored with Stanley Porter, Early Christianity and Its Sacred Literature, is much more objective and sober minded in its treatment of the subjects of the historical Jesus as well as the New Testament as historical literature. much better off to buy that and devour the chapters in it having to do with Jesus, the gospels and historiography.

    I'm not saying this book here is not worth a read, 'cuz it is worth reading, but my opinion of it is that it makes way too many assumptions in too many ways as it seeks to go about the subject matter. way too much of a borderline fundamentalist slant in this book. no disrespect to McDonald intended.
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