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If asked how Matthew's Gospel differs from Luke's, or what aspects of Jesus' personhood and ministry the Gospel of Mark focuses on compared to those of John, how would you answer? In Discovering Jesus, T. D. Alexander sets out to help readers understand how each Gospel account is uniquely written and why all four are important for having a rich picture of the person of Jesus Christ.
Alexander guides readers to see how the Gospels display Jesus as the Son of David who establishes the kingdom of God, the Son of God who suffers to ransom others, the Savior of the world who seeks the lost, and the Lamb of God who brings eternal life through a new exodus. Each chapter ends with discussion questions for individual or group study.
Number of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2010
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Synopsis of the Four Gospels, English EditionAmerican Bible Society / 2010 / Hardcover$44.99 Retail:
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Historical Jesus: What Can We Know and How Can We Know ItAnthony Le DonneWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2010 / Trade Paperback$10.80 Retail:
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The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical ApproachMichael R. LiconaIVP Academic / 2010 / Trade Paperback$29.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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Who is Jesus Christ in each of the four canonical Gospels? This introductory guide helps readers understand why we have four Gospels and what each teaches about the nature and ministry of Jesus Christ.
T. D. Alexander (PhD, The Queen's University of Belfast) is senior lecturer in biblical studies and director of postgraduate studies at Union Theological College in Belfast. He has authored and edited several books, including Discovering Jesus, From Paradise to the Promised Land, New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, and Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. Alexander is the chairman of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research, a ruling elder in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, and has been involved in several Bible translation projects.
Ricky Kirk5 Stars Out Of 5Unique aspects of gospels explainedDecember 20, 2010Ricky KirkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Why are Matthew, Mark and Luke called the synoptic gospels? Which gospel was written first? Why are there differences between them? Why is the gospel of John so different? What is Q?
If you have ever wondered about these or other questions, then T. D. Alexander's book, Discovering Jesus: Why Four Gospels to Portray One Person?, provides an excellent overview that will begin to answer those questions. After providing an brief overview and then highlighting the common themes between the four gospels, Alexander covers each gospel with two chapters. It is here that the unique aspects of each gospel is explained, covering such areas as audience, authorship, date, and the portrait of Jesus that is being recorded.
The book is a well-written, simple to understand, and a much needed overview of the gospels. While providing a solid overview, it doesn't use academic and theological words, making it easy for the person in the pew to read. I will reference this work in my teaching of New Testament survey to my church when we cover the gospels, and will recommend it to anyone wanting to gain a greater understanding of Jesus through the gospels.
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