Academic journal article Theological Studies

Who Do People Say I Am? Rewriting Gospel in Emerging Christianity

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Who Do People Say I Am? Rewriting Gospel in Emerging Christianity

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Who Do People Say I Am? Rewriting Gospel in Emerging Christianity. By Vernon K. Robbins. Grand Rapids, Ml: Eerdmans, 2013. Pp. x + 259. $25.

I cannot think of another book quite like this one. Robbins provides a classroom-friendly introduction to Q, the four canonical Gospels, and six noncanonical presentations of Jesus, including Thomas, Infancy Thomas, Infancy James, Mary, Judas, and the Acts of John. Each chapter includes study questions and bibliography. Even more than its selection of texts, the book's unique contribution resides with a consistent focus on Jesus as each text interprets him. R. adopts a relatively progressive strategy, interpreting each Gospel as a development of motifs found in its predecessors. For example, the book begins with two chapters on the Q Gospel, followed by a chapter on Mark. R. argues for an evolution of Son of Man terminology by pointing to the joyful lifestyle embodied by Jesus, to speculation concerning a Son of Man, to Mark's interpretation of Jesus himself as the suffering Son of Man.

Some might object that R.'s approach ultimately privileges the canonical Gospels. …

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