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The Words and Works of Jesus Christ: A Study of the Life of Christ

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The life of Jesus Christ takes on fresh clarity and meaning in this masterful work by Dwight Pentecost. The words, the miracles, and overarching message of the Messiah come alive in flowing and detailed chronology, set against the cultural, political, and religious setting of his day. You'll gain new understanding of why Jesus came, how he operated, and what he accomplishe

Kindle Edition, 623 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Zondervan Academic (first published July 19th 1981)
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Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bible study teachers
This is the first life of Christ which I have read, so I had no background against which to set Pentecost's book. The narrative was straightforward, but the prose was not in itself compelling (which is not the point of a book like this). The view was Christocentric, but because this was a life (on this earth) of Jesus, the focus was very much on what he did and said, as the second Adam. One thing a book like this does is stand against Docetism, though through content and position rather than pol ...more
Alison Pulliam
This was a great, easy to read, chronological commentary on the Gospels. However, the author included many lengthy paragraphs from other sources. It would have been better if more of the work was original.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
My review is for the Kindle version. Reading this book on Kindle, you lose the major benefit of this book, the ability to read the same event as recorded in different gospels. Get the physical book and skip the Kindle version.
Nancy Henrichs
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading again. Love this book.
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pentecost's massive tome serves as a harmony of the life of Christ that is certainly a solid resource for the student of the word of God. The writer takes on a strong conservative approach to the passages at hand and offers the reader excellent exegetical, historical, and cultural insights on the text at hand. Pentecost offers a method of harmonizing the Gospels while still appreciating each evangelist's unique perspective. My one contention with this book is that it contains very little truly o ...more
Gary Fields
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: commentary, theology
A wonderful commentary on the Gospels and the Life of Jesus Christ. The book acts like a harmony of Gospels, discussing everything in chronological order.

One critique commonly leveled against Pentecost's book is that so much of it is comprised of quotes. I would estimate that half (maybe even less) of the book is original material by Pentecost. However, I don't think this is a very fair charge against the book. On the back cover it says "drawing liberally on the works of others." Therefore, I p
Jeff Short
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-studies
This book is laid out as a harmony of the Gospels, but it is more than that. Pentecost adds commentary to the different sections plus quotes and footnotes from various scholars to the pertinent sections. He deals with harmonization difficulties by sometimes presenting different views and considering their merit. This is a valuable resource for studying the Gospels and the life of Jesus. I highly recommend it for your study library.
Jay Risner
May 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talbot Course: Life of Christ

Very similar in concept to Blomberg's book; thorough, but not as deep as I would like
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thorough treatment of the words and works of Jesus, but Pentecost quotes others extensively when a paraphrase would have served his purposes better and shortened the book.
Jason Poe
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I wish, with the mind of Pentecost, the book dove in deeper on some topics, such as some I the parables. Overall, a good resource.
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J. Dwight Pentecost is Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary where he has served since 1955. He holds a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and both the Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. His nearly twenty books include Design for Discipleship: Discovering God's Blueprint for the Christian Life; Your Adversary, the Devil; and The Divine C ...more

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