In Christobiography he explores the character of ancient biography and urges students and scholars to appreciate the gospel writers’ method and degree of accuracy in recounting the ministry of Jesus.

Author: Craig S. Keener

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9781467456760

Category: Religion

Page: 743

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Demonstrates the reliability of the canonical gospels by exploring the genre of ancient biography The canonical gospels are ancient biographies, narratives of Jesus’s life. The authors of these gospels were intentional in how they handled historical information and sources. Building on recent work in the study of ancient biographies, Craig Keener argues that the writers of the canonical gospels followed the literary practices of other biographers in their day. In Christobiography he explores the character of ancient biography and urges students and scholars to appreciate the gospel writers’ method and degree of accuracy in recounting the ministry of Jesus. Keener’s Christobiography has far-reaching implications for the study of the canonical gospels and historical-Jesus research. Table of Contents: Introduction Part 1. Biographies about Jesus 2. Not a Novel Proposal 3. Examples and Development of Ancient Biography 4. What Sort of Biographies Are the Gospels? 5. What Did First-Century Audiences Expect of Biographies? Part 2 Biographies and History 6. Biographies and Historical Information 7. What Historical Interests Meant in Antiquity 8. Luke-Acts as Biohistory 9. Sources Close to the Events Part 3. Testing the Range of Deviation 10. Case Studies: Biographies of Recent Characters Use Prior Information 11. Flex Room: Literary Techniques in Ancient Biographies Part 4. Two Objections to Gospels as Historical Biographies 12. What about Miracles? 13. What about John? Part 5. Memories about Jesus: Memories before Memoirs 14. Memory Studies 15. Jesus Was a Teacher 16. Oral Tradition, Oral History 17. The Implications of This Study

Between History and Spirit

Keener, Christobiography. Keener, Craig S. Christobiography: Memories, History, and the Reliability of the Gospels. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2019. Keener, “Claims.” Keener, Craig S. “First-Person Claims in Some Ancient Historians and ...

Author: Craig S. Keener

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532684128

Category: Religion

Page: 514

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Craig Keener is known for his meticulous work on New Testament backgrounds, but especially his detailed work on the book of Acts. Now, for the first time in book form, Cascade presents his key essays on Acts, with special focus on historical questions and matters related to God's Spirit.

A Prologue to Studies in the Fourth Gospel

In his Christobiography, Keener highlights the following to demonstrate this: • In John, Jesus himself, rather than Simon, carries Jesus's cross (Mark 15:22; John 19:17). • John's final recorded cry rings triumphant rather than pitiful ...

Author: Riku P. Tuppurainen

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725273092

Category: Religion

Page: 396

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The Fourth Gospel both blesses and betrays. It blesses readers who engage with its message, but it may betray those who read it nonchalantly. The notion that the Fourth Gospel is easy to understand is an enduring myth. This volume takes readers on a heuristic journey to discover the Fourth Gospel’s unique theological aspects, problematic historical matters, inimitable literary features, and various interpretive approaches using an accessible format and easy-to-read language. The purpose of this publication is to enable readers to appreciate the Fourth Gospel’s wide horizon, so necessary to understand its narratives in their historical and narrative contexts. Like the prologue of the Fourth Gospel that introduces and gives perspective on how readers should approach the rest of the Gospel, similarly, this volume introduces and gives perspective to studies in the Fourth Gospel. The text is divided into three parts, which examine its independent theology and argumentation, various outstanding issues, and its interpretation respectively. This volume is suitable for a wide readership, from Bible study groups to pastors and from undergraduate to graduate students.

1 Peter

... 7, 192; McIver, Memory, 120; see further Hunter, “Recall”; Keener, Christobiography, 385–88. ... accuracy more generally than do her detractors); Ong, Orality, 61–63; Byrskog, Teacher, 323–24; Keener, Christobiography, 388–90. 84.

Author: Craig S. Keener

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493429318

Category: Religion

Page: 656

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Leading New Testament scholar Craig Keener, one of the most trusted exegetes working today, is widely respected for his thorough research, sound judgments, and knowledge of ancient sources. His four-volume magnum opus on Acts has received high praise from all quarters. This commentary on 1 Peter features Keener's meticulous and comprehensive research and offers a wealth of fresh insights. It will benefit students, pastors, and church leaders alike.

Current Trends in New Testament Study

146), Keener, Christobiography (Keener forthcoming), who says from c. 69 CE to c. 130–140 CE; and Hurley (2001, p. 1): “he wrote in the first quarter of the second century”. 9 Regarding the date of Suetonius's death, Edwards (2000a, ...

Author: Robert E. Van Voorst

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783039280261

Category: Social Science

Page: 158

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This book focuses on seven of the most important formal methods used to interpret the New Testament today. Several of the chapters also touch on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible interpretation. In line with the multiplicity of methods for interpretation of texts in the humanities in general, New Testament study has never before seen so many different methods. This situation poses both opportunities and challenges for scholars and students alike. The articles in this book introduce the latest methods and give examples of these methods at work. The seven methods are as follows: post-colonial, narrative, historical, performance, mathematical analysis of style; womanist; and ecological.


Makes more widely available and accessible the research behind Keener's monumental, acclaimed, 4500-page commentary on Acts.

Author: Craig S. Keener

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108475587

Category: Bibles

Page: 633

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Makes more widely available and accessible the research behind Keener's monumental, acclaimed, 4500-page commentary on Acts.

40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible

See Craig S. Keener, Christobiography: Memory, History, and the Reliability of the Gospels (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2019). 5. One exception is Galatians, which, although it is slightly shorter than Ephesians, “may have been placed ...

Author: Robert L. Plummer

Publisher: Kregel Publications

ISBN: 9780825477034

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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A vital Bible resource used in classrooms and churches worldwide now revised and updated. 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible, now in a revised second edition, probes the most pressing problems encountered by churchgoers and beginning Bible students when they try to read and understand the Bible. Using feedback received from pastors, professors, and Bible teachers, New Testament professor Robert L. Plummer includes updated information about Bible translations, biblical interpretation, and Bible study technology and streamlines previous portions to make room for a handful of new issues. This second edition, updated regarding Bible translations, biblical interpretation trends, and Bible-related technology, will continue to serve professors, pastors, and Bible study leaders as a go-to guide or textbook. New Testament scholar Robert L. Plummer covers historical, interpretive, practical, and theological matters such as: Were the ancient manuscripts of the Bible transmitted accurately? Why can't people agree on what the Bible means? How do we interpret the Psalms? How can I use the Bible in daily devotions? Does the Bible teach that God wants Christians to be healthy and wealthy? 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible provides crucial assistance for students ready to engage with biblical scholarship and for teachers eager to lead Bible studies with confidence.

An Introduction to the Gospels and Acts

Keener , Craig S. Christobiography : Memory , History , and the Reliability of the Gospels . Grand Rapids , MI : Eerdmans , 2019 . Keith , Chris . The Gospel as Manuscript : An Early History of the Jesus Tradition as Material Artifact .

Author: Alicia D. Myers

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190926809

Category: Religion

Page: 228

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Introducing the Gospels and Acts is not just about reading the first five books of the New Testament. It requires entering the first century Mediterranean world where the events in these writings happened. In this short book, Alicia D. Myers takes readers on a journey through the Gospels and Acts, introducing them to the world of Jesus of Nazareth and of the believers who composed and shared stories inspired by him. Myers provides overviews of context and major passages in each canonical work, and also introduces readers to the Apocryphal Gospels and Acts to demonstrate the larger phenomenon of early Christian writing. After situating readers in the literary context of the Gospels and Acts, Myers focuses on the writings themselves, giving basic historical background before digging more deeply into a chosen contextual theme for each work. These six themes include the politics and history of Roman Palestine, expressions of Second Temple Judaism, understandings of identity and human worth in the Roman world, hospitality, Hellenistic philosophies, and the process of canonizing the New Testament. Rather than shying away from difficult and often confusing elements of the Gospels and Acts, Myers invites readers to engage more deeply and situate themselves more fully in the strangeness and surprising familiarity of the Roman world. In this way, readers will see the continuing relevance of the Gospels and Acts for today and learn to be responsible readers of these works for years to come.


See my Christobiography: Memories, History, and the Reliability of the Gospels (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2019). See Michael R. Licona, Why Are There Differences in the Gospels? What We Can Learn from Ancient Biography (New York: Oxford ...

Author: Craig S. Keener

Publisher: Zondervan Academic

ISBN: 9780310528852

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Brimming with lavish, full-color photos and graphics, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary walks you verse by verse through all the books of the New Testament. It's like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader! Discoveries await you that will snap the world of the New Testament into gripping immediacy. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. You'll deepen your understanding of the teachings of Jesus. You'll discover the close, sometimes startling interplay between God's kingdom and the practical affairs of the church. Best of all, you'll gain a deepened awareness of the Bible's relevance for your life. Written in a clear, engaging style, this beautiful set provides a new and accessible approach that more technical expository and exegetical commentaries don't offer. Features include: Commentary based on relevant papyri, inscriptions, archaeological discoveries, and studies of Judaism, Roman culture, Hellenism, and other features of the world of the New Testament Hundreds of full-color photographs, color illustrations, and line drawings Copious maps, charts, and timelines Sidebar articles and insights "Reflections" on the Bible's relevance for 21st-century living