Jesus and the Logic of History, By Paul W. Barnett alt

Jesus and the Logic of History

New Studies in Biblical Theology


by Paul W. Barnett
Series edited by D. A. Carson

Jesus and the Logic of History
  • Length: 182 pages
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  • Published: May 29, 2001
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 7124
  • ISBN: 9780830871247

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At the heart of the Christian faith stands a man, Jesus of Nazareth.

Few people seriously question whether Jesus existed in history. But many, influenced by the more skeptical scholars, doubt that the Christ of orthodox Christianity is the same as the Jesus of history.

In this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, historian Paul W. Barnett lays these doubts to rest. He uncovers the methodological weaknesses present in some forms of critical scholarship, demonstrating a failure to account for important early evidence about Jesus.

Once the evidence is properly marshalled, a picture of Jesus emerges that fits well with orthodox belief in him.

Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

"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)


Series Preface
Author's Preface
1. Jesus and the Practice of History
2. Christ in History
Excursus: Jesus as 'Christ' in the Testimonium Flavianum
3. Jesus in Proclamation and Tradition
Excursus: Summary of Information about Jesus in the Letters of Paul
4. Jesus in Historical Context
Excursus: The Quest for the Historical Pontius Pilate
5. Jesus in the Gospels
Excursus: Overview of Jesus' Ministry
6. Jesus and the Spread of Early Christianity
Excursus: The Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead
7. From Jesus to Gospel Text
8. Jesus' Death: a Defiance of Biography
9. Conclusion
Index of Authors
Index of Bible References


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Paul W. Barnett

Paul Barnett (PhD, 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). His books include Is the New Testament Reliable? and Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity.

D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.