Item description for Portraits of Jesus: An Inductive Approach to the Gospels by Michael R. Cosby...
Overview Take a close look at the Savior's life using an inductive, learning-by-doing approach to studying the Gospel texts! Engaging "What do you think" questions, photographs, and maps will guide your journey as you uncover the literary patterns, theological issues, and interpretive quandaries that still prompt lively debate among New Testament scholars.
This book provides a learning-by-doing approach to the study of the Gospels. It allows students to uncover literary patterns, theological issues, and interpretive problems through close readings of primary sources. Questions are asked along the way that help readers understand the shape of the narrative, and the themes important to each Gospel writer.
Citations And Professional Reviews Portraits of Jesus: An Inductive Approach to the Gospels by Michael R. Cosby has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 10/25/1999 page 72
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Studio: Presbyterian Publishing Corpor
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1999
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Edition Student/Stdy Gde
ISBN 0664258271 ISBN13 9780664258276
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More About Michael R. Cosby
Michael R. Cosby is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.
Michael R. Cosby currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Portraits of Jesus?
A great dive into the Gospel world Apr 27, 2000
Dr. Cosby has created a great tool to plunge into the Gospels in a way that a beginning student may be starving for and that even a more advanced student would find helpful. He combines his vast knowledge of the world of the authors and hearers alongside with an inductive question-asking approach that will spur the reader on to learn it for themselves. Cosby has great insights and helpful warnings away from poor, but common, exegetical fallacies of popular Christianity. To the reader's benefit, it is very well written, and far from dry.
My only complaint would perhaps be directed towards the helpfulness of some of the questions. Many questions seem somewhat obvious and unnecessary. This could, however, be my own bias coming through. Having gone through many of his classes myself, I am able to anticipate the points he is going to make. I am sure that for students who have never actually sat down and wrestled with behind the scenes information about the Gospels, these questions would certainly be a catalyst for their own questions and ponderings. On the whole, if you go through this book, you will come out with a great understanding of the Evangelists' writings as well as the first significant steps toward finding the historical Jesus amidst all the noise that surrounds that search today.
Something to watch out for will be his inductive study of Paul's writings, due to be published in 2006. Apostle On The Edge: An Inductive Guide To Paul has gone through many years of classroom study by Messiah College students. It is similar in format and may be even better in content, as Pauline studies seems to be an even greater passion for Dr. Cosby.