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Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction
Carroll, John T.

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2016 pp. xvii + 307. $40.00


Description: After two millennia, Jesus remains as fascinating and compelling a figure as ever, not only for Christian communities but also for countless others in diverse contemporary cultures. In this fresh introduction to Jesus and the Gospels, prominent scholar John T. Carroll offers a thoughtful reading of the four Gospels, paying close attention to narrative structure and rhetorical strategies, with an appreciation of the contexts that shaped and continue to shape their interpretation. Informed by the best recent scholarship, Carrolls clear and accessible presentation examines the connections between the Gospels and contemporary life and the challenges these narratives might present to twenty-first century readers. Introductory students will appreciate the use of call-out boxes throughout the book that highlight important points and themes. This engaging volume will introduce Jesus and the Gospels to a whole new generation of readers in the culturally and religiously plural world of today.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Literature

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Review by David J. Neville
Published 1/25/2018
Citation: David J. Neville, review of John T. Carroll, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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