Jesus Is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels

Jesus Is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels


By (author) Michael F Bird

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  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Format: Paperback | 219 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 20mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Illinois
  • ISBN 10: 0830828230
  • ISBN 13: 9780830828234
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 136,657

Product description

Who do the Gospels say Jesus is? The title and role of "Messiah" ascribed to Jesus in the Gospels has long been regarded as a late add on, a fabricated claim or an insignificant feature. Michael Bird, however, argues that the Gospels' messianic claims are the most significant feature of their portrayal of Jesus. Bird describes how each Evangelist portrays Jesus as the Messiah of Israel, what they think is at stake in that claim, and how the claim that "Jesus is the Messiah" drives the purpose and shape of the Gospels. Emphasizing that Christianity was a messianic movement rooted in its Jewish context, Bird points toward the profound theological implication of Jesus' identity: that Jesus' messiahship is the "mother of all Christology."

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"In this important book, Bird seeks to show that the confession that Jesus is the Messiah is central to the structure and message of all four Gospels. In his previous book Are You the One Who is to Come? (2009) he demonstrated that Jesus' messiahship was not a later development based on the resurrection and alien to the intentions of Jesus. Here, he demonstrates that neither was it an early Jewish confession superseded by a more universal 'Son of God' Christology. As a result, the church must always understand its identity in the context of a renewed Israel."--Steve Moyise, professor, University of Chichester