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Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels

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To Christians worldwide, the man Jesus of Nazareth is the centerpiece of history, the object of faith, hope, and worship. Even those who do not follow him admit the vast influence of his life. For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential. Four Portraits, One Jesus is a thorough yet accessible introduction to these docum ...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published April 1st 2007)
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Apart from misspelling Emperor Hadrian's name in the caption on page 516, this book was great. It is perhaps the greatest primer to the Gospels ever penned. Particularly, its handling of historical contexts, literary motifs (intercalations, triads, hebraisms, etc.), and criticisms (Jesus Seminar, New Quest, etc.) is superb. More primers should tackle the wide array of issues Strauss handles in this easy read.
This is a fantastic book for any Christian to read. It consists of four sections. The first deals with the Gospel genre and various methods of studying them. The second deals with the historical setting of the Gospels, and this really helps to bring the Gospels alive to the reader. The third section reviews the individual Gospel accounts showing their unique perspective of Jesus. The final section seeks to evaluate the Gospels as history.
The book is conservative-evangelical, and defends the trad
Read for Intro to New Testament I with Dr. Jonathan Pennington at SBTS. A great primer on issues and themes related to the Gospels. Great resource for students and pastors alike.
Brent McCulley
Written by Strauss, published by Zondervan, 'Four Portraits, One Jesus' is an excellent survey of all four gospels, and the Christ they display. Although there is much textual criticism that is explained throughout the text, as themes, motifs, and genres are explored, Strauss does a fantastic job at preserving the integrity of the gospels by presenting an adequate picture of Jesus as displayed throughout all four gospels. I would highly recommend this book as a sound evangelical introduction to ...more
dave kakish
I was going to write a brief review of this wonderful book, but then I saw R.T. France's endorsement on the back cover and he said it for me: "Strauss guides the nonspecialist gently through the maze of academic jargon and esoteric debate. The treatment is fair and responsible, based on sound scholarship but not overburdened with footnotes." Yeah, what he said.
Joe Marlin
captures the literary approaches, as well as other critical methods of each of the gospels, supper accessible, organized in an incredibly helpful way to those just starting to study the gospels. will encourage your faith, give you a fresh look at Jesus, the early church, and the purpose, application and authority of the scriptures.
Great resource for studying the Gospels. Currently using it as a supplement for teaching the Gospel of John.

Includes history on the Intertestamental Period and even the origins of different relgious groups (Pharisess, scribes, etc.).

Very clear and organized with charts and illustrations. Excellent!
Ruth Baker
Excellent overview of the gospels and particularly the historicity of their contents. Includes some great chapters on particular elements and themes that really draw the gospel overviews together and succinctly details the for-against arguments with respect to authenticity
Doug Dunbar
I have used this for two semesters, starting a third, teaching Gospels at Pacific Life Bible College. Covers everything from social-historical context, overview and theological themes of each Gospel, and then pulls everything together in the last section.
Wow. So full of incredible ideas and information that help equip readers to approach the riches and complexities of the Gospels. Easy to read and to follow, but not watered down in the least.
Strauss' introduction to the historical approaches to the Gospels is very helpful. I also greatly enjoyed section that provided the historical setting that the Gospels were written in.
wes Goertzen
Conservative point of view but pretty fair, very well laid out, well written, lots of pic and graphics. Its a good primary textbook for college. it is expensive. plus i know mark's niece
Mark Taylor
A up-to-date survey that nicely captures the consensus views in current evangelical scholarship on Jesus and the gospels. Well-written and packed with helpful pictures.
Greta Schmidt
It was great! I loved all the history of Jesus Christ. Few things that were not theologically correct but I would definitely recommend this book.
This is a well written, easy to understand introduction to the Four Gospels. Strauss does an excellent job of bringing the past to life.
Nice, simple introduction. Sepnds too much time undoing the critics though.
Great RESOURCE!!!!
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