This engaging text offers a fresh alternative to standard introductions to Jesus. Combining literary and sociohistorical approaches and offering a tightly integrated treatment, a team of highly respected scholars examines how Jesus's friends and enemies respond to him in the Gospel narratives. It is the first book to introduce readers to the rich portraits of Jesus in the Gospels by surveying the characters who surround him in those texts--from John the Baptist, the disciples, and the family of Jesus to Satan, Pontius Pilate, and Judas Iscariot (among others). Contributors include Richard J. Bauckham, Warren Carter, and Edith M. Humphrey.
Chris Keith (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is professor of New Testament and early Christianity and director of the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St. Mary's University, Twickenham. He was a 2010 recipient of the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise for his book The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus and was named a 2012 Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar. Larry W. Hurtado (PhD, Case Western Reserve University) is professor emeritus of New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. An internationally respected New Testament scholar, he is an expert on the Gospels, the apostle Paul, early christology, the Jewish background of the New Testament, and New Testament textual criticism.
Contents Introduction: Jesus outside and inside the New Testament Chris Keith Part 1: The Friends of Jesus 1. God and Angels Edith M. Humphrey 2. John the Baptist Michael F. Bird 3. The Disciples Warren Carter 4. The Family of Jesus Richard J. Bauckham 5. Other Friends of Jesus: Mary Magdalene, the Bethany Family, and the Beloved Disciple Dieter T. Roth 6. Secret Disciples: Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea David M. Allen Part 2: The Enemies of Jesus 7. Satan and Demons Loren T. Stuckenbruck 8. The Jewish Leaders Anthony Le Donne 9. Political Authorities: The Herods, Caiaphas, and Pontius Pilate Helen K. Bond 10. Judas Iscariot: The Betrayer of Jesus Holly J. Carey Conclusion: Seeking the Historical Jesus among Friends and Enemies Chris Keith with Larry W. Hurtado Indexes