Larry Hurtado, Jesus among Friends and Enemies

Jesus among Friends and Enemies

“Time and time again in this innovative book we are taken to the Gospels themselves to see how the narratives shape our understanding of Jesus. It is the breadth of the testimony of these narratives that makes this book sparkle.”–Scot McKnight, North Park University

This engaging text offers a fresh alternative to standard introductions to Jesus. Combining literary and sociohistorical approaches and offering a tightly integrated treatment, a team of highly respected scholars examines how Jesus’s friends and enemies respond to him in the Gospel narratives. It is the first book to introduce readers to the rich portraits of Jesus in the Gospels by surveying the characters who surround him in those texts–from John the Baptist, the disciples, and the family of Jesus to Satan, Pontius Pilate, and Judas Iscariot (among others).


Introduction: Jesus outside and inside the New Testament Chris Keith
Part 1: The Friends of Jesus
1. God and Angels Edith M. Humphrey
2. John the Baptist Michael F. Bird
3. The Disciples Warren Carter
4. The Family of Jesus Richard J. Bauckham
5. Other Friends of Jesus: Mary Magdalene, the Bethany Family, and the Beloved Disciple Dieter T. Roth
6. Secret Disciples: Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea David M. Allen
Part 2: The Enemies of Jesus
7. Satan and Demons Loren T. Stuckenbruck
8. The Jewish Leaders Anthony Le Donne
9. Political Authorities: The Herods, Caiaphas, and Pontius Pilate Helen K. Bond
10. Judas Iscariot: The Betrayer of Jesus Holly J. Carey
Conclusion: Seeking the Historical Jesus among Friends and Enemies Chris Keith with Larry W. Hurtado


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