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: 132,156

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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"On balance, this book would make a good text for a christology class. There is an evangelical slant, but it hardly feels like a 'slant.' The four Gospels are clearly distinguished; positions are thoughtfully argued; and the endnotes alert the reader to lines of research, including differing viewpoints."--Stephen Finlan, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 76, 2014