40 Questions About the Historical Jesus   -     By: C. Marvin Pate
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Answers to critical questions regarding the study of the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith

The conclusions of the quest for the historical Jesus, which casts the majority of Christ's life as a myth, are a stark contrast to the orthodox view of Christ as presented in the Bible. Pate demonstrates that a critical analysis of the gospel text along with historical and cultural methods of investigation actually point toward an orthodox view of Christ.

This work argues that the canonical Gospels are the most trustworthy information we have about the gospel writers as well as the life and ministry of Jesus, including his death, visit to hades, resurrection, and ascension. Readers will be encouraged by the reliability of the Gospel writers, the reality of Jesus' humanity and deity, and the inferiority of the apocryphal gospels.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Kregel Academic
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0825442842
ISBN-13: 9780825442841
Series: 40 Q&A

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  1. Maricopa, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
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    April 30, 2016
    Pastor Jim
    Maricopa, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I must admit I was looking forward to this book. The last few years there has be a change among Biblical Scholars about the gospels and the importance of Q. I wanted to see if the changes are reflected in this volume. It is a large volume and covers a wide range of the subject. The subject is arranged in four main divisions:

    (1) Background Questions about the historical Jesus. This is divided into two main sections, the first consist of 5 questions. In this section he points out that the reliability of the Scriptures were confined to the academic world. However, now it has slipped into the popular culture. This has been mainly the result of the popular secular Jesus movement by such works as the DaVinci Code. He confronts such results and falsehoods. One can still answer yes to the reliability of the four gospels. He also confirms that the gospels present an accurate description of Jesus?

    (2) There are questions about the Birth and Childhood of Jesus.

    Pate centers upon the truth of the virgin birth of Jesus. He confirms the historical facts of Jesus birth as recorded in Scripture. He takes an honest look at the virgin birth and deals squarely with the problems of such a view. He upholds that the virgin birth is a key to the incarnation of Christ. He includes a section of Isaiah 7:14.

    (3) There are questions of the Childhood of Jesus. This includes his relationship with Mary and his brothers and sisters. He confirms that Scripture speaks of them in Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55. There are three views about them: Are they cousins? Are they actual brothers and sisters? Are they step-brothers and sisters? He holds there were brothers and sisters born of Mary and Joseph. He goes on to question the economic status of the familywhich he would classify as middle class. And of course this subject would not be complete without questions about Jesus being a child miracle worker as conveyed by the apocryphal gospels. He points out two dangers as taking these as gospel: (1) the late date of the works which are from 200 to 500 AD. (2) They have agendas other than historical fact. Therefore they have no place in biblical study.

    (4) Questions about His Life and Teaching. In this he deals with why there are four gospels. When Jesus began his ministry. The significance of His baptism and temptation. Who are the Twelve? The meaning of the Transfiguration. And the true miracles of His ministry. The history actuary of the passion of Christ and His resurrection. In this Pate upholds the authority, unity, and continuity of the Bible. All of these points verify the life of the historical Jesus.

    Concerning the teaching of Jesus he deals with its focus. He upholds that it was the kingdom of God, and surveys three main views of the kingdom. He holds to an Already/Not Yet view of the kingdom. He examines each of the gospel presentation of the teachings of Christ, showing Jesus was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy; the Savior and Messiah; builder of the church as its foundation; representative in the Church, and his presence therein. He came to be the suffering Son of Man (not Israel), and the opposed Messianic King.

    While this is a good survey, Pate seems to be light in certain areas: Synoptic problems and its influence of the historical Jesus; He seems at times to be more interested in the theology rather than the historical; and more could have been done on the parables since it was a major element of the teaching of Christ.

    Certain things are helpful including footnotes at the bottom of the pages, not endnotes. I hope publishers get away from the endnote, which is frustrating for this student. The book has a number of good charts, as well as questions at the end of the chapter. I appreciate the Ancient Source Index, and not just a Scriptural index. A subject index would have been helpful. The question and answer index will be helpful for the general reader. Overall, it is a valuable source for laymen and Pastor alike. It is informative, reader friendly, and a helpful guide.

    I received this book from Kregel Academic in exchange for this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Michigan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Volume!
    April 9, 2016
    John M Kight
    Michigan
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There have been literally thousands of volumes written on the subject of the Historical Jesus over the past two centuries. The reader can find anything from multi-volume scholarly monographs and encyclopedias to popular level introductions. Still, there have also been few resources that have presented the Historical Jesus material in the same helpful manner as that found in the present volume by C. Marvin Pate

    40 Questions About the Historical Jesus is divided into four major sections: (1) Background Questions About the Historical Jesus, (2) Questions About Jesus Birth and Childhood, (3) Questions About Jesus Life and Teaching, and (4) Questions About Jesus Crucifixion and Resurrection. Each of these major sections is comprised of two subdivisions and roughly ten questions relating to the life and ministry of Jesus.

    The selection of questions and overall organization of the book is oriented to introduce the reader to a variety of topics related to Historical Jesus studies. Throughout the book, the reader will discover a number of helpfully curated charts and diagrams, and each of the chapters closes with a handful of reflection questions for further pondering. The interaction within each chapter is fair and balanced, and Pate does well in presenting the broader landscape of Historical Jesus studies to readers with all levels of topical exposure.

    The comprehensive scope of this volume is incredible. Pate was very ambitious in his selection of material and the reader will benefit greatly therein. Pates work is consistently documented and footnoted throughout, and the inclusion of the select bibliography and source indexes will make this a useful volume for future reference. Still, the bibliography that is provided is quite scant in comparison to the interaction throughout. A good addition would have been a designated bibliography at the end of each chapter.

    If you are looking for a helpful and unique resource that will reach across the breadth of Historical Jesus studies, 40 Questions About the Historical Jesus by C. Marvin Pate is a volume that cannot be ignored. It is up-to-date and engaging, and the questions therein usher the reader through an ongoing conversation of vital importance. This book was a joy to read and I look forward to consulting it often. It comes highly recommended!

    I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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