Sunday, February 19, 2017

Simple Book Review: "Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ" (1996) by Robert H. Stein

Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ (1996)
by Robert H. Stein

This book is very scholarly, I mean, technical but not that hard to understand. It seem like Professor Robert Stein aims at writing this book for seminary students. Prof Stein is a fine evangelical New Testament scholar. In this book, he draws together the results of a career of research and writing on Jesus and the Gospels. “Every episode in the life of Jesus is here treated with historical care and attention to its significance for understanding the life and ministry of Jesus.” To me, this book give inquiring minds a sure grounding in Jesus the Messiah.

This book is divided into 2 parts and 19 chapters:

Part One: Key Issues in Studying the Life of Christ

1)    Where You Start Determines Where You Finish: The Role of Presuppositions in Studying the Life of Jesus
2)    Where Can We Go? Sources for Studying the Life of Jesus
3)    When Did All This Take Place? The Problem of Chronology

Part Two: The Life of Christ

4)    Conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary: How It All Started
5)    What Was the Boy Jesus Really Like? The Silent Years
6)    The Baptism of Jesus: The Anointing of the Anointed
7)    The Temptation of Jesus: The Battle Begun, the Path Decided
8)    The Call of the Disciples: You Shall Be My Witnesses
9)    The Message of Jesus: “The Kingdom of God Has Come to You”
10) The Person of Jesus: “Who Then Is This, That Even the Wind & Sea Obey Him?”
11) The Events of Caesarea Philippi: The Turning Point
12) The Transfiguration: A Glimpse of the Future
13) The Triumphal Entry: Israel’s King Enters Jerusalem
14) The Cleansing of the Temple: God’s House – a Den of Thieves
15) The Last Supper: Jesus Looks to the Future
16) Gethsemane, Betrayal & Arrest: God’s Will, Human Treachery & Governmental Evil
17) The Trial: The Condemning of the Innocent
18) Suffered Under Pontius Pilate, Dead and Buried: Despised & Rejected, a Man of Suffering
19) The Resurrection: “Why Do You Look for the Living Among the Dead”?

This book is very helpful for my personal and groups study on the Gospel :)


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