Abbreviations: Journals & Series Books Cited Frequently How Reliable is the Tradition of the Sayings of Jesus? The Mission of Jesus The Dawn of the Time of Salvation The Period of Grace The New People of God Jesus' Testimony to his Mission Easter Index of Biblical References
Hardcover, 348 pages
January 1st 1971
by Charles Scribner's Sons (NY)
(first published 1970)
Jeremias limited himself to comment on what he thought the reliable preserved material of Jesus in the gospels, and in the end produced what was, frankly, a limited theology of the Gospels. Better on the parables and the teaching of Jesus, than the passion and resurrection narratives.
Jeremias never finished the series of which this book is the first volume, having intended to go from what we can surmise about Jesus' theological beliefs as represented by the three synoptic gospels into Paul's as represented in the epistles. A Lutheran, he is a believer, but a sophisticated and erudite one. His work on the parables--covered more thoroughly in other works--is outstanding.
Some of Jeremias's operating assumptions have been supplanted by more recent Jesus research, but his NT scholarship remains stunning, and his insights helpful. The book has strongly influenced my own reading of the gospels, and consequently my preaching, too.