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The Blackwell Companion to Jesus

Delbert Burkett (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9362-7
576 pages
December 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Blackwell Companion to Jesus features a comprehensive collection of essays that explore the diverse ways in which Jesus has been imagined or portrayed from the beginnings of Christianity to the present day.  

  • Considers portrayals of Jesus in the New Testament and beyond, Jesus in non-Christian religions, philosophical and historic perspectives, modern manifestations, and representations in Christian art, novels, and film
  • Comprehensive scope of coverage distinguishes this work from similar offerings
  • Examines both Christian and non-Christian perspectives on Jesus, including those from ethnic and sexual groups, as well as from other faiths
  • Offers rich and rewarding insights which will shape our understanding of this influential figure and his enduring legacy
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List of Figures viii

Notes on Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xv

Images of Jesus: An Overview 1
Delbert Burkett

Part I Jesus in the New Testament 11

1 Mark’s Portrait of Jesus 13
William R. Telford

2 Who Do You Say That I Am? A Matthean Response 30
Elaine M. Wainwright

3 Jesus in Luke-Acts 47
Delbert Burkett

4 John’s Portrait of Jesus 64
Mary L. Coloe

5 Jesus in Q 81
Christopher Tuckett

6 Paul, Jesus, and Christ 94
Edward Adams

7 Jesus in the General Epistles 111
Harold W. Attridge

8 Jesus in the Apocalypse 119
Ian Boxall

9 Constructing Images of Jesus from the Hebrew Bible 127
Warren Carter

Part II Jesus Beyond the New Testament 143

10 Ancient Apocryphal Portraits of Jesus 145
J. K. Elliott

11 Gnostic Portraits of Jesus 160
Majella Franzmann

12 The Christ of the Creeds 176
Khaled Anatolios

13 Jesus in Atonement Theories 193
Stephen Finlan

Part III Jesus in World Religions 213

14 Jewish Perspectives on Jesus 215
Michael J. Cook

15 Islamic Perspectives on Jesus 232
Reem A. Meshal and M. Reza Pirbhai

16 Hindu Perspectives on Jesus 250
Sandy Bharat

17 Buddhist Perspectives on Jesus 267
Peggy Morgan

Part IV Philosophical and Historical Perspectives on Jesus 283

18 Skeptical Perspectives on Jesus’ Resurrection 285
Michael Martin

19 The Quest for the Historical Jesus: An Overview 301
David B. Gowler

20 The “Jesus” of the Jesus Seminar 319
Robert J. Miller

21 The Quest for the Historical Jesus: An Appraisal 337
Helen K. Bond

Part V Modern Manifestations of Jesus 355

22 Modern Western Christology 357
John P. Galvin

23 Christology in Africa, Asia, and Latin America 375
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

24 Jesus in American Culture 394
Paul Harvey

25 The Black Christ 410
Kelly Brown Douglas with Delbert Burkett

26 Feminist Christologies 427
Lisa Isherwood

27 The “Gay” Jesus 443
Theodore W. Jennings Jr.

28 Modern Mystifi cations of Jesus 458
Per Beskow

Part VI Jesus in Art, Fiction, and Film 475

29 Jesus in Christian Art 477
Robin M. Jensen

30 Jesus Novels: Solving Problems with Fiction 504
Zeba A. Crook

31 Jesus in Film 519
Adele Reinhartz

Index 532

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Delbert Burkett is Professor of Religious Studies at Louisiana State University. He is the author of The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation (1999), An Introduction to the New Testament and Origins of Christianity (2002), and Rethinking the Gospel Sources: From Proto-Mark to Mark (2004).

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“This Companion will be a necessary part of any serious theological library. The essays are consistently strong and present invaluable orientations to their assigned topic. The real success of this book lies in bringing together perspectives on Jesus from so many sources of attention: texts, culture, history, various theologies, worldwide Christianity, world religions and media. Strongly recommended.” (Journal for the Study of The New Testament, 2012)

“This is another excellent contribution to religious scholarship by Wiley-Blackwell. Chapters are scholarly but readable for the more general enquirer and some have illustrations, an unusual feature for this series of books. This volume is highly recommended for any library that has strong religious collections, whether Christian or not, and should endure for some years as a standard work in the field.” (Reference Reviews, 2011)

“No collection of essays better represents the remarkable diversity in the approaches to the elusive Jesus of Nazareth ... Recommended: upper-level undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 1 May 2011)

“Burkett has assembled an extraordinary collection of essays that invites a wide readership.” (Books News, 2011)

“An imaginative collection of essays ... No fewer than 32 authors … have been recruited to write essays, all about 15 pages in length, and there is hardly any overlap among them, even in dealing with basic New Testament texts. The editor, Delburt Burkett, is to be commended.” (The Journal of Theological Studies, 2011)

"The Blackwell Companion to Jesus is a remarkable accomplishment. Each chapter is accessible and specific, so that the Companion will serve both as a mine of information and an incentive to further study. Instead of pursuing the usual, outdated tactic of segregating historical findings from dogmatic assessments, this work demonstrates that within the primary sources, the reception history of Jesus (Christian and non-Christian), and within recent scholarship, critical engagement and theological evaluation have consistently formed a symbiotic lens for the perception of Jesus."
Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion, Bard College

"This is a superb collection of articles that both summarizes scholarly knowledge about the figure of Jesus through the centuries and also provides fascinating new interpretations of his cultural and religious significance."
Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College, USA

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