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Overview Helmut Koester, one of today's foremost New Testament scholars, offers a lifetime's insights into the message of the historical Jesus and the traditions, practices, and trajectories that shaped the Gospels and other early Christian literature including "Q" and the Gnostic Gospels.
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.11" Weight: 1.34 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Fortress Press
ISBN 0800620933 ISBN13 9780800620936
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More About Helmut Koester
Helmut Koester is John H. Morison Professor of New Testament and Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School, author of Ancient Christian Gospels (Trinity), and editor (with Holland L. Hendrix) of Archaeological Resources for New Testament Studies (Trinity).
Helmut Koester was born in 1926 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Harvard Divinity School Harvard University Divinity School.
Helmut Koester has published or released items in the following series...
Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible
Reviews - What do customers think about From Jesus to the Gospels: Interpreting the New Testament in Its Context?
Collection of Published Articles May 13, 2008
Although top notch and readable scholarship, this volume is a collection of previously published articles or individually written essays. That's fine, but it's title and subtitle would never lead you to realize that. The title "From Jesus to the Gospels," suggests, to me at least, an in-depth look at the process of how the Gospels developed from the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Even Koester writes in the preface, "The title ... may be misleading." It's not the comprehensive discussion it was marketed as.
The articles stand more as individual studies in their own right than as parts of a generalized picture of Jesus. For example, the first chapter, on the apocrypha, was very informative. It seems that some of the NT (New Testament) apocrypha are considered as early (i.e. closer to Jesus) as some of the material in the canonical Gospels. Learning this for me was worth the price of the book, and each chapter offers insights. But articles, by their very nature, usually have an extremely narrow focus, and that narrow focus is going to surprise many readers who pick up this text.
Chapters in part three deal with Jesus: historical Jesus, Q, etc.
Koestler is a great NT scholar. His prior two-volume work may be a better "intro" to the NT than this.
Although good scholarship, only three stars were given because of the misleading marketing. However, if you are a scholar, member of the clergy, historian, or a non-specialist generally knowledgeable about NT scholarship, this is a great collection of essays.