THE DICTIONARY OF JESUS AND THE GOSPELS IS UNIQUE AMONG reference books on the Bible, the first volume of its kind since James Hastongs published his Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels in 1909. In the more than eight decades since Hastings our understanding of Jesus, the Evangelists and their world has grown remarkably. New interpretive methods havw illumined the text, the ever-changing profile of modern culture has put new questions to the Gospels, and our understanding of the Judaism of Jesus' day. But for many readers of the Gospels the new outlook on the Gospels remains hidden within technical journals and academic monographs.
The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels bridges the gap between scholars and thosee pastors, teachers, students and lay people desiring in-depth treatment of select topics in an accessible and summary format. The topics range from cross-sectional themes (such as faith, law, sabbath) to methods of interpretation (such as form criticism, redaction criticism, sociological approaches), from key events (such as the birth, tempatation and death of Jesus) to each of the four Gospels. Others reflect recent and less familiar issues in Jesus and Gospels studies, such as divine man, ancient rhetoric and the chreiai.
Contemporary concerns of general interest are discussed in articles covering such topics as healing, the demonic and the historical reliability of the Gospels. And for those is an extensive article on preaching from the Gospels.
The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels presents the fruit of evangelical New Testament scholarship at the end of the twentieth century-committed to the authority of Scripture, utilizing the best of critical methods, and maintaining dialog with contempoary scholarship and challenges facing the church.
1909년에 James Hastings의 Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels라는 책 이후 이런 종류로는 처음으로 나오는 사전이다. 근 100년의 기간동안 예수와 복음서 연구에는 많은 변화가 있었고, 실질적으로 한권의 책으로 이분야를 연구하는데 있어서 이보다 더 좋은 책은 아직 나타나지 않고 있다. 전통적인 복음주의의 입장에서 쓰이면서도 모든 분야를 골고루 다루고 있다. 새로운 해석방법, 예수 당시의 사회문화적 배경, 고고학적 증거들, 등 모든 관련 학문분야를 다 포괄하는 귀한 자료가 될 것이다.