Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels, Second Edition
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In this updated edition of the bestselling Jesus According to Scripture, leading evangelical New Testament scholar Darrell Bock and his New Testament colleague Ben Simpson show that a coherent portrait of Jesus emerges from the four Gospels when they are taken seriously as historical documents.

With a goal to present the portrait of Jesus that emerges in each Gospel, showing each evangelist's distinctive emphases and the areas where the evangelists' presentations overlap, Bock and Simpson paint a clear picture of Jesus and his unique claims to authority. Jesus According to Scripture surveys all the Gospel units and relates them to their parallel passages, showing how the literary and canonical relationships work. Offering up-to-date interaction with the latest discussions about Jesus, the second edition has been substantially revised and updated throughout and includes three new chapters on how we got the Gospels.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 752
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801098084
ISBN-13: 9780801098086

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Author Bio

Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is executive director for cultural engagement at the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, where he also serves as senior research professor of New Testament studies.

Benjamin I. Simpson (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of New Testament studies and director of resource development at the Washington, DC, campus of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Editorial Reviews

"I am pleased that a second edition of Bock's Jesus according to Scripture is now available. This book offers a needed corrective to the quirky portraits of Jesus that have appeared in recent years. As the title implies, Bock and Simpson present Jesus in the light of what the Gospels actually say. Readers will especially appreciate the accessible layout."

—Craig A. Evans, John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins, Houston Baptist University

"The four Gospels are a vast forest in which even the well-initiated can lose their way, especially among the thickets of burgeoning scholarship. We should all be grateful not just for a big handy map like this but also for the experienced trail guides putting it into our hands."

—Nicholas Perrin, dean and Franklin S. Dyrness Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton Graduate School

"Two centuries of scholarly inquiry have demonstrated that the 'canonical Jesus' is the closest we will ever get to the 'real Jesus.' Jesus according to Scripture presents a portrait of this canonical Jesus through a detailed engagement with the Gospel material. Assuming a historically and theologically complementary relationship among the diverse and complex materials in the four Gospels, Bock and Simpson have with the second edition strengthened this important resource for assessing the meaning of Jesus of Nazareth for the twenty-first-century church."

—Joel Willitts, professor of biblical and theological studies, North Park University

"That there are four canonical Gospels has always presented challenges for studying the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. Although reading each Gospel on its own terms is an essential step, and commentaries on the Gospels abound, all four need to be read together for the full picture of Jesus they provide. Jesus according to Scripture offers something of undeniable value: a comprehensive investigation of the portrayal of Jesus in the four Gospels informed by the best historical Jesus research, taking careful note of similarities and differences among the four accounts. The book represents a major resource for restoring the full portrait of Jesus from the Gospels."

—Brian Rosner, principal, Ridley College

Praise for the First Edition

"Darrell Bock is a well-known expert in the Gospels, and in Jesus according to Scripture he provides a detailed analysis of the portrait of Jesus from each Gospel as well as a theological synthesis of Jesus' message and import as the Gospels portray him. Here we have a much more fulsome and helpful portrait of Jesus than is offered in many recent treatments of the historical Jesus. Highly recommended."

—Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary

"After writing three entire commentaries on Luke, Darrell Bock naturally turns his attention to all four Gospels. Neither a contribution to historical-Jesus research nor a conventional textbook on the Gospels, this is a common-sense yet academically informed commentary—first on a synopsis of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and then on John. Laypersons, theological students, and pastors needing a review course will greatly benefit from it. In many ways, Jesus according to Scripture is a successor to Dwight Pentecost's Words and Works of Jesus, and a worthy one indeed!"

—Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary

"Rooted in outstanding scholarship and written with exceptional clarity, Bock's presentation of Jesus' life and teaching will be of great help to pastors, Christian leaders, and students of Scripture. Our students have already benefited from a pre-published version of this volume and speak with enthusiasm about it."

—Clinton E. Arnold, Talbot School of Theology

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    In an age where the Quest for the Historical Jesus, eg. the Real Jesus of History still rages on, a work demonstrating Jesus according to scripture is needed. Baker Academic has recently released the second edition of their aptly titled, Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels, by Darrell L. Block with Benjamin I. Simpson. Both of these authors are highly respected scholars whose research has taken them on the offensive when it comes to restoring the correct image of Christ, as He is portrayed in Holy Scripture.

    Seeking the correct understanding of the person-hood of Jesus, has been a debate both in scholarly and in the public domain for many years. Furthermore countless books have been written on the subject, ranging from topics such as Jesuss ability to perform miracles, to addressing Jesus claim to be the Son of God. Yet this work, Jesus According to Scripture, makes sure that the debate stays within the confines of Holy Scripture, while still engaging new critical arguments posed about the person-hood of Jesus and who he claimed to be.

    To begin their argument the authors examine the Quest for the Historical Jesus by looking at various Form Critics to see where the modern Quest has taken us. From this point the authors take their readers on a journey through 294 accounts in the life of Jesus, showing how they are presented in the synoptic gospels while rebutting the critical arguments against each account. After this section of the book, a second yet just as thorough study on critical theory takes place. The authors examine the personhood of Jesus and how he is portrayed in the Gospel of John. This study is the same as the study in the synoptic gospels yet focusing on accounts that are specific to the Gospel of John.

    This work is powerful, well-researched, and expertly worded. Due to the high academic nature of this book, it is best used by scholarly pastors, scholars and seminary students. Yet it may be of some use to laymen who have a high academic degree. Block and Simpson are names you can trust to proclaim the true Jesus as portrayed from the pages of Holy Scripture as well as to draw Orthodox conclusions from it. I highly recommend this text.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from Baker Academic Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

    Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels, Second Edition

    2017 by Darrell L. Block with Benjamin I. Simpson

    Publisher: Baker Academic

    Page Count: 768 Pages

    ISBN: 978-0801098086
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