Rediscovering Jesus – A Great, Unique Textbook on Jesus (Gupta)

RDJDavid Capes, Rodney Reeves, and Randy Richards have teamed up again to write a book about Jesus for students. Rediscovering Jesus is unique in that it looks at, not only the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and the other NT writers, but they also dedicate chapters to other portraits of Jesus: Gnostic, Muslim, historical Jesus scholarship, Mormon, “American,” and “Cinematic.”

This textbook actually inspires me to want to teach a course on Jesus in biblical and cultural interpretation!

This is fun: unbeknownst to either of us, my partner in crime Chris Skinner and I both wrote endorsements for this book.

—Nijay, “Rediscovering Jesus is like an expert journalist or photographer examining the subject—in this case, Jesus—from all sides and angles. Not only do you get perspectives from the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament, but also impressions from Muslims, Mormons, movies and more besides. Few textbooks do as good of a job as this one in helping students engage with Jesus’ question ‘Who do you say that I am?”

-Chris, “I have long lamented the all-too-pervasive tendency for modern readers of the Bible to conflate the New Testament portraits of Jesus into a single mosaic. Finding material that can help our students uncover the unique visions of Jesus in the New Testament and in the wider culture can be a real challenge. Into that void comes Rediscovering Jesus, a book that not only takes seriously the diverse portraits of Jesus within and outside the New Testament, but also encourages readers to think seriously about the distinctive features of each. Professors Capes, Reeves and Richards are to be commended for their creative, interesting and intellectually honest look at the many faces of Jesus. Those interested in encountering Jesus in fresh and stimulating ways need to pay attention to this book!”

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Pastors Read This: Gregory the Great Schooling Us from 1500 Years Ago! (Gupta)

gregory2I am reading The Book of Pastoral Rule by Gregory the Great for the first time now as part of my research for a book on Paul and pastoral ministry. I was blown away by the relevance for today of his instruction – even words from the first two pages! Pastors, read this (I am preaching to myself as well):

…there are many who through the temptation of authority in the holy Church aspire to the glory of honor. They want to be seen as teachers and they lust to be superior to others, just as the truth attests, “they seek the first place at feasts and the first chair in the assemblies.”[Matt 23.6-7] They are all the more unable to minister worthily to the office of pastoral care because they have come to the position of teaching humility by the means of vanity.  For indeed, the message of the teacher is confused when one thing is learned and another taught…They reign by their own authority, not by the will of the supreme Ruler. 

[SVSP version, 2007, 29-30)