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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199575274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199575275
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Balanced scholarly insight. The Furrow Where the book soars is in Bauckman's introduction to Jesus as a historical figure ... there is a very good possibility that this becomes a standard text in university courses on Jesus and Christianity Anthony Le Donne, Theology Magazine This book is a very good introduction to Jesus as portrayed in the New Testament, with an impressive amount of scholarship in small space, that sheds light on some of the texts and stories which are often read with little appreciation of their contextual richness. Alan Sage, Literature and Theology Bauckman offers a fresh and significantly new methodological angle on the life, ministry and portrayals of Jesus in the four canonical Gospels. ... Chapter by chapter Bauckman's methodological lens sheds new light on a variety of themes and topics in the Gospels. ... I find it difficult to come up with substantial criticism of this book. Frederik Mulder, Churchman

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Richard Bauckham is Emeritus Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of St Andrews, and a Senior Scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

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Helps us understand our relationship with Jesus.
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I recommend it with equal enthusiasm to readers who are foreign to Jesus and to readers who are well acquainted with the Gospels.
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The result is a very well written book that presents a very cohesive and readable narrative.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 8, 2011
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Jesus of Nazareth, or Jesus Christ as the billions of Christians worldwide know him, is the most significant person in history. His influence has been enormous and almost impossible to quantify. Aside from Christianity, many other religions have embraced him as a prophet, enlightened figure, or an important teacher and reform figure. More ink has been spilled on his life, and the importance of his life for others, than any other person. Thus, writing a very short introduction about Jesus would seem to be an impossible task. Nonetheless, this short book manages to capture the essence of Jesus's life and teachings, and present them in a way that will be approachable and illuminating to people from all religious or non-religious backgrounds.

Richard Bauckham approaches the subject of Jesus from a relatively objective perspective, but he by no means underplays the religious aspects of Jesus' life. On the contrary, it is impossible to understand Jesus without appreciating the substantial and central religious framework within which he operated. This book provides us with a glimpse of the religious and social trends that had shaped the first century Palestine, and explains how they relate to the life and mission of Jesus.

Unlike a lot of scholarship on Jesus over the past couple of centuries, Bauckham is not shy of basing most of what we really know about Jesus on the Gospels and the account that was presented there. Even more significantly, far from downplaying the Gospel of John as compared to the Synoptic Gospels, Bauckham posits that in many respects this is the most chronologically accurate Gospel and closest to the actual life path that Jesus trod. The result is a very well written book that presents a very cohesive and readable narrative.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Cheung on October 20, 2011
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This very short book (just over 100 pages) contains all the essential elements: Jesus' background, his innovative teachings (in particular the notions of the "Kingdom of God", and God as "Abba/Father"), his own "Christology", and the consequence of his "Resurrection". It kind of rejetcs form criticism. Its perspective is traditional (e.g. quoting Papias of Hierapolis [p.15]). It has a reasonably comprehensive bibliography for readers to consult and dig further. Proferssor Bauckham's prose is engaging and never bores.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf on July 25, 2012
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This is the best short explanation of what Jesus did and what his intentions were that I have read. It would suffice as an excellent intro to Jesus for anyone, either Christians who have some questions that have not been answered or for a person outside Christianity who wants to get at the heart of the faith. The author has accomplished in a short book what many have not done in much longer books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 19, 2012
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Jesus of Nazareth, or Jesus Christ as the billions of Christians worldwide know him, is the most significant person in history. His influence has been enormous and almost impossible to quantify. Aside from Christianity, many other religions have embraced him as a prophet, enlightened figure, or an important teacher and reform figure. More ink has been spilled on his life, and the importance of his life for others, than any other person. Thus, writing a very short introduction about Jesus would seem to be an impossible task. Nonetheless, this short book manages to capture the essence of Jesus's life and teachings, and present them in a way that will be approachable and illuminating to people from all religious or non-religious backgrounds.

Richard Bauckham approaches the subject of Jesus from a relatively objective perspective, but he by no means underplays the religious aspects of Jesus' life. On the contrary, it is impossible to understand Jesus without appreciating the substantial and central religious framework within which he operated. This book provides us with a glimpse of the religious and social trends that had shaped the first century Palestine, and explains how they relate to the life and mission of Jesus.

Unlike a lot of scholarship on Jesus over the past couple of centuries, Bauckham is not shy of basing most of what we really know about Jesus on the Gospels and the account that was presented there. Even more significantly, far from downplaying the Gospel of John as compared to the Synoptic Gospels, Bauckham posits that in many respects this is the most chronologically accurate Gospel and closest to the actual life path that Jesus trod. The result is a very well written book that presents a very cohesive and readable narrative.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Layman on October 24, 2011
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Inspired writing, superlative editing, and brilliantly executed book design and manufacture makes this slim little book an all-around delight. Conveys more than academic tomes 10 times the length. Fits as easily in your pocket as it reads. Bauckman is never afraid to explore his ideas in depth, even some of his more exotic theories, but in this case, freed from the format of footnoted academia, RB proves he can write a popularly toned book for the thinking Christian. An interesting ragged right page format and a satin-smooth cover with fold in flaps makes this book a refreshing visual and sensual delight as well. No Kindle ever felt so good in your hands or on your eyes. Most importantly, Bauckman's depth of knowledge opens doors of understanding of the big picture, at the center of which you will find Jesus the Christ, in super sharp focus. Two thumbs up.
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