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Professor Graham Stanton is Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. His studied for his first degree in History and Theology in New Zealand, for a PhD in Cambridge, and has also studied in Zurich and Tubingen. He was a Professor of New Testament Studies at King's College, London, for 21 years, and was Editor of the journal, 'New Testament Studies', and of the associated monograph series (both published by CUP) for nine years. He is aGeneral Editor of the International Critical Commentaries, the leading set of English-language commentaries on the Bible.
Jesus of Nazareth and the four New Testament gospels continue to fascinate people from many cultural and religious backgrounds. Who was Jesus? Are Christian claims about him supported by solid historical evidence? How reliable are the evangelists' portraits of Jesus which were written some fifty years after his crucifixion? These questions can be explored only on the basis of a sound grasp of the intentions and methods of the four evangelists. Professor Stantoninsists that the evangelists are concerned with both the story and the significance of Jesus of Nazareth. Part I of this book examines the distinctive emphases of all four evangelists and discusses the apocryphal gospels, with special reference to the Gospel of Thomas. Part II deals with the ways ofassessing the evidence for Jesus and explores his teaching, intentions, and the reasons for his downfall.This book pays particular attention to appropriate methods for careful study of the gospels and the historical Jesus to provide an excellent textbook and a penetrating study for the general reader.NEW TO THIS EDITION:- Every chapter updated to take account of recent scholarly developments- Fuller discussion of literary criticism (chapter 2); the Gospel of Thomas (chapter 7); archaeological evidence (chapter 8); and methods for reconstructing the teaching of Jesus (chapter 9)- Bibliography is extended, updated, and partly annotated- New cross-references added to increase usability- Map now included- Material within some chapters and sub-sections has been reorganised to increase accessibility- Biblical quotations are now taken from the NRSV text- New larger format and text design
; March 2002
344 pages; ISBN 9780191501029
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Title: The Gospels and Jesus
Author: Graham Stanton
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Telegraph.co.ukGraham StantonTelegraph.co.ukOf his own books, the best known was probably The Gospels and Jesus (1989), but ...
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'Dr. Graham Stanton is a renowned exegete and expositor of the Gospels. His The Gospels and Jesus has been a standard teaching tool since it was first published in 1989. I am delighted to have received the updated, second edition. It is a rare achievement for any author to comprehend, digest, and present such a vast amount of scholarly research in a simple, clear, and readable format. From my own standpoint, I am especially happy to see how the recentdebates about the historical Jesus are judiciously reflected in the expanded treatment of the subject in this second edition, which deserves as much dissemination and use as the first.'