The author has utilized the tools of modern biblical criticism to strip away much of the mythology and misunderstanding about the nature of the historical Jesus. His goal has been to discover Jesus in his setting of first century Palestine, and to illuminate his life, ministry, death and resurrection from this context. Jesus in the Gospels elucidates a more authentic Jesus allied to the liturgical and theological development of the early Christian church.
John W. Sweeley is an administrator at the Sophia Divinity School in Maryland.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Abbreviations Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 Jesus: Messiah to Triune God Chapter 6 Jesus and the Gospel Tradition: Who Do You Say I Am? Chapter 7 God's Plan for Jesus: The Message of his Public Ministry Chapter 8 The Passion of the Lord: The Will of God or Conspiracy to Commit Murder? Chapter 9 The Last Supper: Passover Meal or Mistaken Identity? Chapter 10 It is Finished: The Death of Jesus Chapter 11 The Resurrection of Jesus: Myth, Magic, or Miracle? Chapter 12 Epilogue Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Index