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Green (B.S., M.Th., Ph.D.) is dean of academic affairs, dean of the School of Theology and professor of New Testament interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Prior to his appointment at Asbury in 1997, he was associate professor of New Testament at the American Baptist Seminary of the West/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His recent titles include Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology (coauthored with Paul Achtemeier and Marianne Meye Thompson, 2001), Beginning with Jesus: Christ in Scripture, the Church and Discipleship (2000), Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament and Contemporary Contexts (coauthored with Mark Baker, 2000), Between Two Horizons: Spanning New Testament Studies and Systematic Theology (coedited with Max Turner, 2000) and The Gospel of Luke in the New International Commentary on the New Testament (1997). Green has for more than twenty years been editor of! Catalyst, a journal providing evangelical resources and perspectives to some 5,000 United Methodist seminarians. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, he has pastored churches in Texas, Scotland and Northern California. He has also served on the boards of Berkeley Emergency Food and Housing Project and RADIX magazine.

McKnight (Ph. D.) is assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illonois. He is general editor of Guides to New Testament Exegesis and wrote Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels in that series.

. Howard Marshall is Honorary Research Professor of New Testament at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. Among his numerous publications on the New Testament are his commentaries on the Gospel of Luke, Acts, 1-2 Thessalonians, the Pastoral Epistles, 1 Peter and 1-3 John. He is coauthor of Exploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Letters and Revelation.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 959 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic; First Printing edition (February 18, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830817778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830817771
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.3 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recommendation I would recommend this resource to pastor and lay person alike.
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I have had my own copy of this reference book for about 10 years, and recently purchased it as a gift for someone else.
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The combination of these four factors make the Kindle version much harder to navigate than a print version.
Michael D. Gantt

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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth G. Melillo VINE VOICE on August 26, 2001
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The information in this book is comprehensive, well-referenced (including mention of non-scriptural resources related to the period), and quite absorbing. I found myself moving from one cross reference to another, avidly seeking the information which "fleshed out" the accounts, and made the meanings of scriptural texts, even those I had studied a number of times, richer and more complete. The relation of gospel texts, particularly Jesus's parables, miracles and the like, to historical perspectives is well done. There also is a valuable section relating how to use gospel texts in preparing sermons. In total, it is a fine reference for placing Jesus's words in context, and understanding the actions of those with whom he dealt. (For example, look up the article on Pontius Pilate... his fear at "you are no friend of Caesar" has an interesting and very natural basis.) With this said, however, this valuable book should not be one's only reference for scripture study. My five stars are for the book as it is intended - a "dictionary," with extensive and often fascinating explanations. It is not sufficient for most scriptural exegesis or advanced New Testament study, particularly because it is strictly composed from an evangelical perspective. Many distinguished contemporary scholars (Raymond Brown, N.T. Wright, E.P. Sanders, to name a few), equally orthodox in their Christology, would have viewpoints that are far less literalist than this work provides. Just as two minor examples, the Dictionary sees no reason to doubt that the apostle Matthew was the author of the first gospel, and the idea that the visit of the Magi was completely, literally true (with no allowance for its being a midrash at all) is unquestioned. The entire approach in this work is extremely conservative. I would place this book on the shelf of anyone studying the gospels, but it would be one of at least five.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on August 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is book one of a four volume dictionary of the New Testament, and it's terrific. Most bible dictionaries are single volume works which encompass the entire canon of scripture. But because this book covers only the four gospels, the scholars were allowed to turn in more detailed articles. Many of them are outstanding. I really liked Ben Witherington's lengthy discussion about The Birth of Christ, and Harold Hoehner's Chronology of the life of Christ.

The article on the Geography and History of Israel was also a distinguished article, as were the articles on the death of Christ and the theology of Mark's Gospel.

This book represents the best of young evangelical scholarship circa 1992. This is a resource that can be read cover to cover, or it can be consulted occasionally when researching a sermon or a report.

I should also say that the other three volumes are also outstanding, and you can purchase them as a set, or you can purchase them (along with other great IVP resources) on a CD-Rom for around $125.

You can also get two Old Testament dictionaries covering the Pentateuch and the Historical Books. I can't say enough about the value of these books. Thumbs way up!!!

May 2008 update
Believe it or not, I actually read this 896 page dictionary from top to bottom on my laptop. And I didn't even get a ribbon :(

But what I did get was a tremendous amount of knowledge about all things related to Jesus and the four gospels. I finished this book wanting more!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Leman on November 23, 1999
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I am student taking a few classes at a seminary, but have no Greek background. Despite that, I have found this book to be an invaluable resource for indepth study of issues relating to the Gospels. This is a must have reference for anyone who loves the Bible and wants to understand the Gospels and the teachings of Jesus more. It is a great balance of thorough and concise.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stanislao Esposito VINE VOICE on September 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
At first I couldn't understand what a Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospel could contain that a regular Bible Dictionary didn't have. Well, was I wrong. This is an invaluable book. Though the scholarship presented is more towards the "protestant"/evangelical (conservative?) side, I, as Catholic, have found it extremely useful.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Gantt on April 4, 2012
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I have purchased all four of the IVP Dictionaries for the New Testament: two in print version (Dictionary of New Testament Background (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series) and Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series)), and two in Kindle version (Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series) and Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series)). I am thoroughly pleased with the content in all four books. However, the Kindle versions are a big disappointment.

I've purchased Kindle books in the past and have been very pleased with them. I love the search function and I thought it might be particularly helpful for reference books like these. However, it's a little nightmarish. I'll try to spell the problems out in a list:

1. There are hardly any hyperlinks in the text. The Table of Contents will only take you to the first article under "A" or to the list of article entries. The list of article entries is not hyperlinked.

2. To find a given article, therefore you need to use the search function, but in book with this many words, the search lists come back too long.
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