Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Jesus In Context - heads up on a good resource
I recently accquired this volume when I ordered Bock's BECNT on Luke. When I bought it, I wasn't sure exactly what it was, but having thumbed throught it and incorporated it into my scripture reading, I thought I'd point it out for those who haven't seen it yet. If you're familiar with C.K. Barrett's New Testament Backgrounds: Selected Documents, it's similar, only more specific. After a brief overview of primary sources, the synoptic gospels are treated, followed by the fourth gospel. With each pericope covered, excerpts are offered from revelant primary sources that would inform the reading of a text historically/contextually. In the introduction, they refer to it as a "poor man's Strack and Billerbeck" (in English, obviously). I think I paid under $15, definately a great price for a valuable resource.