Offering a unique introduction to the historical person Jesus of Nazareth, respected New Testament scholar William Herzog traces the history of discussion and scholarship of the historical Jesus, including that of the recent and very public Jesus Seminar. He does so, however, with an eye toward the theological. No other introduction is tied so closely to the biblical texts. By exploring in depth Jesus' words--the parables--and Jesus' deeds--miracles, Herzog presents a holistic picture of Jesus that will explain how Jesus' followers would have understood his miracles and his role as prophet. With its accessibility and clear connections to what the gospels are saying, Prophet and Teacher will appeal to general readers with little theological background and be a popular primary text in undergraduate and seminary classes.
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly (Vol. 68, 2006) "[A] well-written study that is engaged with contemporary scholarship, well-informed theoretically, and very insightful in its rich presentation of Jesus...Truly a 'must-read.'" --Warren Carter, Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, MO
New Testament Abstracts (Vol. 50, No. 1, 2006)
Review of Biblical Literature (02/01/2006) "[This book] illustrates the danger of overreliance on cross-cultural and cross-temporal socioscientific models....I hestitate to recommend it to its target audience." --David Miller, Briercrest College
The Bible Today (Jan./Feb. 2006) "[A] finely balanced study."