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Jesus and the Logic of History (New Studies in Biblical Theology) Paperback – June 28, 2001
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"Barnett offers important contributions to the manner in which we may responsibly work as both historians and theologians to understand not only the nascent Christian church, but also the historical Jesus whom they confessed . . . [His} work deserves wide dissemination." (D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois))
About the Author
Barnett (Ph.D., London University), was until his retirement Anglican bishop of North Sydney, Australia. He remains a visiting fellow in ancient history at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) and research professor at Regent College (Vancouver, British Columbia). He has written several books.
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If you want a book that ably takes on the methodology and conclusions of the Jesus Seminar, you'll want to get this one. If you want a book that explains the relationship between Jesus and the Gospels, Jesus and the rest of the NT, as well as the relationship between Jesus and his historical context, you'll want to get this book. If you want a book that explains who Jesus is from the NT letters, you'll like this book.
In a word, I recommend this book for those who want a very solid Christian defense of who Jesus is based on NT documents, sociology, and history.