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Jesus and the Scriptures: Problems, Passages and Patterns
Hagerland, Tobias, editor

London: Bloomsbury, 2016 pp. xvii + 246. $120.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 552


Description: The four Gospels unanimously present Jesus as someone who quoted from, commented on, and engaged with the Scriptures of Israel. Whether this portrayal goes back to the historical Jesus has been a hotly debated issue among scholars. In this book, eleven expert researchers from four different continents tackle the question anew. This is done through detailed study of specific themes and passages from the Scriptures which Jesus, according to the Gospels, quoted or alluded to. Among the various topics investigated are Jesus' use of Genesis 2 to bolster his teaching on divorce, his reference to the Queen of Sheba story in 1 Kings, the significance of the Book of Zechariah for Jesus' self-understanding, and his enigmatic quotation of Psalm 22 on the cross. These and other contributions result in a common understanding of Jesus' use of the Scriptures. Not only did Jesus engage with the Scriptures, according to these scholars, but his mode of engagement has to be placed within the early Jewish interpretative framework within which he lived.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Interpretation

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Review by John C. Poirier
Published 4/6/2017
Citation: John C. Poirier, review of Tobias Hagerland, ed., Jesus and the Scriptures: Problems, Passages and Patterns, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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