In this very readable book Richard Burridge depicts Jesus through the four Gospel authors’ distinctive portraits of him. Without bogging down readers with technical terminology, Burridge brings to bear his research comparing the Gospels with classical biographies and offers a clear interpretation of each Gospel author’s portrait. A striking feature is his use of the ancient symbols for the Gospels — human face, lion, ox, and eagle — to represent each book’s unique picture of Jesus.
This second edition incorporates the latest scholarship on the historical Jesus, a new section on how the Gospels have been read throughout history, and an expanded discussion of how to teach and preach the Gospels through the lectionary. Burridge also tackles the question of how these ancient writings bear on today’s hot-button issues of unity and diversity. Four Gospels, One Jesus? will be appreciated by teachers, pastors, students, and other readers wanting to understand Jesus more fully.
Praise for the first edition: “A rare merger of the very best of modern biblical scholarship with a readable and engaging telling of the Gospel portraits of Jesus particularly aimed at a popular audience.”
— Anglican Theological Review “A fine introduction to the distinctive portrait of Jesus provided by each of the Gospels. . . . Should prove to be a very helpful window into Gospel scholarship for many readers.”
— Reformed Theological Review “An engaging approach to reading each Gospel as a unique portrait of Jesus.”
— Toronto Journal of Theology