Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J.
-- Catholic University of America
"With critical acumen, Craig Keener presents a comprehensive account of the study of the historical Jesus. It will be a boon for all readers -- inquisitive laypeople, pastors, students of the Gospels, and biblical colleagues."
James H. Charlesworth
-- Princeton Theological Seminary
"Keener proves why the Evangelists' view of Jesus is preferable to most modern constructs: the Gospels, as ancient biographies, reflect eyewitness accounts of Jesus and provide the only valid sources for reconstructing the historical Jesus. . . . This book is exceptional for its breadth and its captivating prose."
-- University of Heidelberg
"Historical Jesus research has developed in the last decades from a 'postminimalism' concerning the authenticity of Jesus traditions to a new 'moderate confidence' in the historicity of the Gospels. Craig Keener's book is both a milestone and a boundary stone in this development. By contextualizing the sources of Jesus research and Jesus himself, Keener succeeds in increasing the historical plausibility of the Gospels to a degree that is exceptional among critical exegetes. Therefore this book must be read and taken seriously -- both by those exegetes who are reluctant to support this 'historical-critical maximalism' in Jesus research and by those reluctant to contextualize Jesus in such a way. But both will enjoy reading what Keener has written with an open and critical mind."
Craig S. Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many other books, including The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary and The Gospel of John: A Commentary (two volumes). Three of his books have won awards and together have sold over half a million copies.
Excellent apologetics!!! One of the best! Keener is an anointed scholar/theologian.Published 1 month ago by Paul Bortolazzo
This is strange book. Half is references, and the about 50% of the meat of the book doesn't provide sufficient discussion on the historical Jesus. Disappointed.Published 3 months ago by TY
This book is titled "The HISTORICAL Jesus of the Gospels".
yet on the cover, Jesus is shown as a white European looking dude.
uh, ok ?? Read more
Keener's book on the Historical Jesus is the single best book on this topic which I've read.
He showns an amazing familiarity and proper understanding of the broad... Read more
Finally a sane perspective in which a proper historical context was used to understand the historical Jesus and the gospels. Read morePublished 17 months ago by tdean
Keener's work is painstakingly thorough and careful. He builds his case on a survey of historical methodology, both ancient and modern. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alfred J. Lindh
The Historical Jesus of the Gospels by Craig Keener is a massive work showing Keener's highly impressive scholarship in the area of Historical Jesus studies. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by ApologiaPhoenix
Keener reveals that the Jesus presented in the 4 Gospels is a more reliable, historical picture of Jesus than all the made up conjectures about Jesus that are popular today. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Dr. Marc Axelrod
keener did it again. he tackles the historic reliability of the accounts of the life of Jesus recorded in the four gospels. Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by CAM Book Reviews