I am serious about this—nothing has helped shape my view of Jesus more than the Gospels, read repeatedly as narrative, ethic,and theology—especially looking to see where they challenge my perspectives.

The Words and Works of Jesus Christ
A Study in the Life of Christ

J. Dwight Pentecost (Zondervan)

Pentecost looks at the life of Jesus through the lens of all the Gospels. This oriented me in the subject, giving me an appreciation for each Gospel.

The Origins of New Testament Christology
I. Howard Marshall (InterVarsity)

Marshall explains the meaning and background of the key titles applied to Jesus (Lord, Savior, Son of Man), as well as the scholarly debate surrounding them.

The Christology of Jesus
Ben Witherington III (Augsburg Fortress)

Witherington takes the titles of Christ in conjunction with Jesus' actions and mission.

Jesus and the Victory of God
N. T. Wright (Augsburg Fortress)

Wright places Jesus in his Jewish context, showing how the key themes in his life worked together.


Related Elsewhere:

Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus, The Gospels, The Words and Works of Jesus Christ, The Origins of New Testament Christology, The Christology of Jesus, and Jesus and the Victory of God are available from Christianbook.com and other retailers.

CT's April cover story, "The Jesus We'll Never Know," assessed the search for the historical Jesus. Darrell Bock was among those who wrote a response.

Previous Christianity Today articles on Jesus include:

King Jesus the Disguised | There's a reason it's not easy to spot him. (December 22, 2006)
The Jesus I'd Prefer to Know | Searching for the historical Jesus and finding oneself instead. (December ...
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