Jesus Is the Christ

Jesus Is the Christ : The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels

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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."show more

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  • Paperback | 219 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 20mm | 320g
  • InterVarsity Press
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0830828230
  • 9780830828234
  • 231,496

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"This is a helpful little volume. Bird writes in a clear and engaging style and shows good awareness of secondary literature. He provides a convincing case that Jesus' identity as Israel's Messiah is foundational for all Gospel Christology. Especially insightful is Bird's lengthy chapter on John. . . . As a model for how to do biblical theology, this volume would be an excellent supplemental text for college or graduate level courses on the Gospels, NT theology or NT survey."--Mark L. Strauss, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2014show more