London : Continuum International Publishing, 2012.
Book — 1 online resource (227 pages)
Abbreviations; How To Read This Book; Introduction; 1; Israel's Eschatological Expectations; 2; God's Coming: Christology In Mark's Gospel; 3; God's Presence: Christology in Matthew's Gospel; 4; God's Name: Christology in Luke's Gospel; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index of References; Index of Subjects; Index of Modern Names.
An introduction to and overview of the Christology of the Synoptic Gospels. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
For over a century New Testament scholars have explored the issue of possible antisemitism in Luke-Acts, especially because the author apparently blames the Jews for the death of Jesus. This monograph offers a fresh analysis of this question revealing a different emphasis: that among the Jews only those associated with Jerusalem, especially the Sanhedrin, are responsible for Jesus' death. Luke's Israel is in fact divided in response to Jesus, not monolithically opposed to him. Furthermore, the ascription of responsibility to the people of Jerusalem in Acts, widely regarded as a Lukan creation, in fact is more likely to have been based on sources independent of the synoptics. A consideration of ancient literature concerned with the deaths of innocent victims further suggests a likely Sitz im Leben for the transmission of material ascribing responsibility for Jesus' death.
What Would Jesus Do? is a popular phrase in Christian circles, but answers to that question might be more on-target if we spent more time exploring, as Scott Spencer has, What Did Jesus Do?Spencer examines both the Synoptics and the Gospel of John as he tries to catch a wide-angled vision of Jesus' behavior in the gospels. Rather than focus on sayings or pronouncements as an authoritative code of conduct, he studies Jesus' deeds or actions as keys to his identity and vocation. While not ignoring Jesus' teaching, this study is more interested in discovering how Jesus personally lived up to his.