The enormous effort by scholars to study the historical Jesus -- now an academic industry in itself -- has made Jesus both more accessible and more distant. Recent research into Jesus' social and cultural context has helped to illuminate his life, yet it also often sets him apart from modern life as well as from the portrait of Jesus affirmed by church tradition. In "Familiar Stranger Michael McClymond summarizes current scholarship on Jesus and offers a clear, comprehensive, and compelling report on our knowledge about him here at the start of the twenty-first century.
After introducing the history of Jesus research and reviewing the sources and methods used for study, McClymond examines the issues raised by present attempts to piece together the features of Jesus' life. He looks at the first-century Palestinian world and the place of John the Baptist as forerunner to Jesus' ministry. In the main body of the book, McClymond examines what we know with fair certainty about Jesus' teachings, his public ministry, and the events of his death. The book concludes with a chapter on theological themes and a critical reflection on contemporary images of Jesus.
Comprehensive yet concise, balanced and fairminded, and sensitive at once to the academic nature of Jesus studies and to the place of learning in genuine faith, McClymond's "Familiar Stranger will instruct and encourage reflection in settings as diverse as university classrooms, seminaries, and church-based study groups.
"In language that is both accessible and engaging, [McClymond] has provided a concise, straightforward and balanced overview of contemporary Jesus studies that should prove helpful to a variety of readers." Religious Studies Review
"A very readable, even enjoyable account. . . A wonderful introduction to the subject for non-experts." Booklist
"Those inspired by the particular, cinematic vision of Christ's Passion to learn more about the person of Jesus and the passionate responses competing versions of his story continue to evoke may find this book a good first read." Craig A. Evans
"Michael McClymond's Familiar Stranger offers an excellent introduction to the study of the historical Jesus. Written by an 'outsider' to Jesus research, this balanced, well-informed book is a pleasure to read and will make a great textbook. I highly recommend it. " Robert H. Gundry
"For the past two hundred years or so, scholars, perceiving some differences between the New Testament portrayals of Jesus and Jesus as he was in 'factual' history, have tried to reach behind those portrayals to the Jesus a camcorder would have captured. These attempts have produced widely, sometimes wildly, different results. Michael McClymond's Familiar Stranger provides nonscholars with a scholarly assessment of the past and present state of research on the historical Jesus, plus his own well-considered view. Recommended for a wide reading audience." Choice
"McClymond demonstrates a remarkable grasp of the literature in this field and continually interacts with a wide range of scholarly viewpoints. Of particular interest is his critique of modern popular images of Jesus in light of the research. Recommended." Themelios
"This is an engaging introduction to the so-called study of the Historical Jesus. . . . What makes it particularly useful is its balanced and irenic treatment of issues. . . The work engages in a friendly manner with a whole array of authors, ranging from American and German radicals to conservative evangelicals."
Series: Bible in Its World (Paperback)
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: March 2004
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.32