Four Portraits, One Jesus, 2nd Edition

Four Portraits, One Jesus, 2nd Edition

A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels

Mark L. Strauss
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  • March 24, 2020

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About the Authors

Mark L. Strauss

Mark L. Strauss

Ph.D., University of Aberdeen

Mark Strauss is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, Distorting Scripture?: The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy, Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series, and Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.


To Christians worldwide, the man Jesus of Nazareth is the centerpiece of history, the object of faith, hope, and worship. Even those who do not follow him admit the vast influence of his life. For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential.

The second edition of Four Portraits, One Jesus has been updated throughout to meet the needs to today's students. It is a thorough yet accessible introduction to the four biblical Gospels and their subject, the life and person of Jesus. Like different artists rendering the same subject using different styles and points of view, the Gospels paint four highly distinctive portraits of the same remarkable Jesus.

With clarity and insight, Mark Strauss illuminates these four books addressing the following important areas:

  • First he addresses the nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds of the Gospels.
  • He then moves on to closer study of each narrative and its contribution to our understanding of Jesus, investigating things such as plot, characters, and theme.
  • Finally, he pulls it all together with a detailed examination of what the Gospels teach about Jesus' ministry, message, death, and resurrection, with excursions into the quest for the historical Jesus and the historical reliability of the Gospels.
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Table of Contents

  • List of Abbreviations

  • Introduction


  • 1. What Are the Gospels?

  • 2. Exploring the Origin and Nature of the Gospels: Historical-Critical Methods of Gospel Research

  • 3. Reading and Hearing the Gospel Stories: Literary-Critical Methods of Gospel Research


  • 4. The Historical and Geographical Setting of the Gospels

  • 5. The Religious Setting: First-Century Judaism

  • 6. The Social and Cultural Setting of the Gospels


  • 7. Mark: The Gospel of the Suffering Son of God

  • 8. Matthew: The Gospel of the Messiah

  • 9. Luke: The Gospel of the Savior for All People

  • 10. John: The Gospel of the Son Who Reveals the Father


  • 11. Searching for the Real Jesus

  • 12. The Historical Reliability of the Gospels

  • 13. The Contours and Chronology of Jesus’ Ministry

  • 14. Jesus’ Birth and Childhood

  • 15. The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry

  • 16. The Message of Jesus

  • 17. The Miracles of Jesus

  • 18. The Messianic Words and Actions of Jesus

  • 19. The Death of Jesus

  • 20. The Resurrection of Jesus

  • Conclusion

  • Glossary

  • Index


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