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Jesus in History, Legend, Scripture, and Tradition: A World Encyclopedia
Houlden, Leslie and Antone Minard, editors

Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015 pp. 2 vols. (xxxv + 695). $189.00

Description: Many books have been written about Jesus, but this two-volume work takes a different approach than most. What sets it apart is that it emphasizes Jesus' lasting impact on world history and his legacy in the imagination over 2,000 years. Written as an introduction, the encyclopedia is equally suitable for Christians who wish to better understand the history and philosophy of their religion and for non-Christians who wish to grasp Christianity in its historical and social contexts. Alphabetically arranged entries cover representations of Jesus in the bible and the writings of key theologians, examining the essentials of philosophical and religious views across history. The set also includes hundreds of entries that reflect on the role Jesus has played in popular culture and contemporary vernacular religionóperspectives that are not usually placed alongside theology. Through the encyclopedia, students will see how artists, writers, philosophers, church figures, and others have imagined Jesus and been influenced by their perceptions of him. At the same time, primary documents will encourage students to compare and contrast ideas and evaluate arguments that have arisen over 20 centuries.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins, History of Interpretation

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Review by Zev Garber
Published 10/24/2019
Citation: Zev Garber, review of Leslie Houlden and Antone Minard, eds., Jesus in History, Legend, Scripture, and Tradition: A World Encyclopedia, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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