Thursday, January 1, 2009

Weekly Recommendation: Jesus the Messiah

We are beginning a new series. The title of the series is "The Last Week of Jesus: From Triumphant Entry to Triumphant Grave." For the next 15 weeks, we will be exploring the final week of Jesus' earthly ministry beginning with the Triumphant Entry and ending with the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In preparation for this series, I have been reading a number of books on the life, ministry, and theology of Christ. Perhaps my favorite is by Dr. Robert Stein who is an expert on the Gospels and the Book of Acts. He has written a survey of the ministry and life of Christ in his book, "Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ."

I have written a full review of the book. I would recommend it to anyone who has consider experience in the life and ministry of Christ. It would not be the easiest read for those who are just beginning in their study of Christ because of his in-depth look, and constant return, to difficult, though understandable, issues of source, form, and textual criticism.

One must realize that discussing these issues are imperative to understanding the Gospels and Jesus. But they can be at times difficult, but interesting nonetheless. So I recommend this book as a good introduction, by no means an exhaustive biography, to Jesus.

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