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."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 207 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 20mm | 320g
  • InterVarsity Press
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0830828230
  • 9780830828234
  • 250,851

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"Michael Bird's Jesus Is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels offers readers a succinct and compelling analysis of the Christology, or 'messianic testimony, ' of the four New Testament Gospels. Bird rightly presupposes that Jesus understood himself as Israel's Messiah, whose mission was to bring forgiveness and salvation to Israel and beyond. In his new book Bird shows how the evangelists understood Jesus and his saving work and what his significance continues to be."--Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada
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