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The Jesus Handbook
Edited by Jens Schröter and Christine Jacobi
Translated by Robert L. Brawley
Foreword by Dale C. Allison Jr.

HARDCOVER; Published: 11/17/2022
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7692-8
Price: $ 74.99
720 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.125 x 9.25
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An authoritative handbook on Jesus, his world, the outcomes of his life, and the quests to locate him in history.  

The Jesus Handbook is an indispensable reference work featuring essays from an international team of renowned scholars on the significance and meaning of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Rooted in historical-critical methodology, it emphasizes a diversity of perspectives and provides a spectrum of possible interpretations rather than a single unified portrait of Jesus. The Handbook’s dozens of authors—Jewish, Roman Catholic, and Protestant—all remain committed to the principle of interpreting the life of Jesus in context, while also giving due diligence to the implications of archaeological evidence and recent discourses in the hermeneutics of history.  

After an introduction that lays out the considerations of the task at hand, the authors survey the history of Jesus research and take a close look at the historical material itself—textual and otherwise. From this foundation, the Handbook then details the life of Jesus before at last exploring the reception and effects of Jesus’s life after his death, especially in the first centuries CE. With this wealth of information available in a single volume, scholars and students of the New Testament and early Christianity—and anyone interested in the search for the historical Jesus—will find The Jesus Handbook to be a resource that they return to time and again for both its breadth and depth.


Sven-Olav Back, Knut Backhaus, Reinhard von Bendemann, Albrecht Beutel, Darrell L. Bock, Martina Böhm, Cilliers Breytenbach, James G. Crossley, Lutz Doering, Martin Ebner, Craig A. Evans, Jörg Frey, Yair Furstenberg, Simon Gathercole, Christine Gerber, Katharina Heyden, Friedrich W. Horn, Stephen Hultgren, Christine Jacobi, Jeremiah J. Johnston, Thomas Kazen, Chris Keith, John S. Kloppenborg, Bernd Kollmann, Michael Labahn, Hermut Löhr, Steve Mason, Tobias Nicklas, Markus Öhler, Martin Ohst, Karl-Heinrich Ostmeyer, James Carleton Paget, Rachel Schär, Eckart David Schmidt, Jens Schröter, Daniel R. Schwartz, Markus Tiwald, David du Toit, Joseph Verheyden, Samuel Vollenweider, Ulrich Volp, Annette Weissenrieder, Michael Wolter, Jürgen K. Zangenberg, Christiane Zimmermann, and Ruben Zimmermann.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dale C. Allison Jr.
Translator’s Preface
History of Historical-Critical Research on Jesus
The Historical Material
The Life and Work of Jesus
Early Traces of the Wirkungen (Effects) and Reception of Jesus

“Can anything new be said about the historical Jesus and his various afterlives, both literary and theological? This big book answers with a resounding ‘Yes!’ Unapologetically multivocal, The Jesus Handbook invites its reader into the lively conversations that currently shape this perennial quest while also providing a panoramic view of its scholarly lineage. A more solid state-of-the-art compendium cannot be imagined. All students of the historical Jesus will find much to ponder in these pages.” 
— Paula Fredriksen 
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
The Jesus Handbook is a wide-ranging, up-to-date compendium of the historical-critical study of Jesus of Nazareth. This book is of further value in that it makes accessible to English speakers some of the most important research hereto previously written in other languages (especially German). This is a wonderful resource demonstrating the continued vitality of the historical-critical study of Jesus of Nazareth.” 
— Joshua W. Jipp 
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 
The Jesus Handbook is perhaps the best guide we now have to the current state of the academic quest for the historical Jesus. . . . [These] chapters . . . demonstrate that scholarly work on Jesus continues to make authentic progress. In addition . . . The Jesus Handbook also serves to bring to an English-speaking audience the work of front-rank scholars whose books and articles have heretofore appeared exclusively or almost exclusively in another language. . . . In short, The Jesus Handbook is an up-to-date, expertly informed, and uniformly informative orientation to a fascinating and ever-growing field of discourse.” 
— from the foreword by Dale C. Allison Jr. 
Princeton Theological Seminary