The Complete Guide
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 1024
Width: 16.9 cm
Height: 24.4 cm
As a historical figure, there are no absolutes about Jesus. Each religious tradition, from Catholic to Quaker to Pentecostal to Buddhist, perceives him differently. Scholars have seen him as prophet, hero, lord, martyr and rebel. These countless varying images of Jesus have all influenced history, the arts, culture, and social political thought. Jesus: The Complete Guide distils 2000 years of thinking about Jesus into a single intriguing volume. In nearly 200 A-Z entries, internationally recognised scholars summarise views of Jesus from the Gospel writers to contemporary theologians. Not only does the book explore Christian history, thought and worship, it also examines the position of Jesus in the traditions of other world religions, such as Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. The encyclopaedia also explores the changing image of Jesus in art, sculpture, music and literature, pulling disparate fields of study into one powerful resource. Scholars, students of theology and world religions, and other interested readers will all welcome this unique work of reference.
"'This book brilliantly surveys the character, message and above all the impact of the most influential human being of all time. In elegantly written and well researched essays, its 100 contributors track the influence of Jesus, not just on Christian theology and history but on literature, art, music, popular culture, national religious identities and relations with other religions. No-one on earth is unaffected by Jesus and this volume goes far to explaining why.' Philip F. Esler, Professor of Biblical Criticism, St Mary's College, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife; 'Ranging widely over the fields of history of ideas, culture and religious and theological thought, the articles in this encyclopaedia are uniformly clear, authoritative and thought-provoking, making it an invaluable resource for teachers and students as well as for all who want to explore the significance of Jesus in the past and the present.' John Webster, Professor of Systematic Theology, King's College, Aberdeen. 'The variety and richness of the articles in this volume create a fascination which is very much in tune with the same kind of fascination that Jesus himself has had for so many people in so many walks of life. For those looking for a wider appreciation of Jesus than can be found in New Testament studies or statements of Christian doctrine, this book is a must.' George J. Brooke, Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis, University of Manchester. 'This is the finest reference work on Jesus that has ever been produced. Virtually every conceivable topic is covered. And with contributors from all around the world, writing substantial articles on each topic, the result is very impressive. This is the book on Jesus that everyone will want to have.' Ian Markham, Dean and Professor of Theology and Ethics, Hartford Seminary. 'Here is a book to fascinate and inform all who have an interest in this compelling figure of history...It is a book with broad compass, useful as a reference tool for the serious student but suitable also for the casual browser. The entries are concise, reliable, and eminently readable. They draw upon a wealth of contemporary and historical studies to cover every facet of the influence that Jesus has had on religion, history, and popular culture. A must for libraries and a joy for individuals.' Mark Allan Powell, Professor of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio; 'Leslie Houlden has brought together some of the best-known scholars in Christian Theology, New Testament and related fields to produce a "Jesus encyclopedia" that is an essential item for students and scholars alike. Handy basic reference works in one volume such as this are always my first point of research. The entries are a good size for a brief but comprehensive overview, with helpful references for further reading.' Majella Franzmann, Associate Professor for Studies in Religion, University of New England, USA"