Rediscovering Jesus – A Great, Unique Textbook on Jesus (Gupta)

Rediscovering Jesus – A Great, Unique Textbook on Jesus (Gupta) August 10, 2015

RDJDavid Capes, Rodney Reeves, and Randy Richards have teamed up again to write a book about Jesus for students. Rediscovering Jesus is unique in that it looks at, not only the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and the other NT writers, but they also dedicate chapters to other portraits of Jesus: Gnostic, Muslim, historical Jesus scholarship, Mormon, “American,” and “Cinematic.”

This textbook actually inspires me to want to teach a course on Jesus in biblical and cultural interpretation!

This is fun: unbeknownst to either of us, my partner in crime Chris Skinner and I both wrote endorsements for this book.

—Nijay, “Rediscovering Jesus is like an expert journalist or photographer examining the subject—in this case, Jesus—from all sides and angles. Not only do you get perspectives from the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament, but also impressions from Muslims, Mormons, movies and more besides. Few textbooks do as good of a job as this one in helping students engage with Jesus’ question ‘Who do you say that I am?”

-Chris, “I have long lamented the all-too-pervasive tendency for modern readers of the Bible to conflate the New Testament portraits of Jesus into a single mosaic. Finding material that can help our students uncover the unique visions of Jesus in the New Testament and in the wider culture can be a real challenge. Into that void comes Rediscovering Jesus, a book that not only takes seriously the diverse portraits of Jesus within and outside the New Testament, but also encourages readers to think seriously about the distinctive features of each. Professors Capes, Reeves and Richards are to be commended for their creative, interesting and intellectually honest look at the many faces of Jesus. Those interested in encountering Jesus in fresh and stimulating ways need to pay attention to this book!”

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