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Jesus of Nazareth has captured the focus of more authors, directors, scholars, and everyday people than anyone else throughout history. For Christians across the world and throughout the ages a figure worthy of faith, hope, and love. But who exactly was this Jesus, and why did he gain such a following? Four Portraits, One Jesus goes to the primary source - the Gospels- to find these answers. Not only are these accounts the quintessential resources on Jesus’ actions and teachings, but for followers of Christ, the Gospels tell the single most important story in the world. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is the hinge upon which history turns, as God takes a direct hand in turning the course of humanity into something redeemed and hopeful.
Mark Strauss provides key insights on these four books as he examines their nature, origin, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds. He gives invaluable advice on ways of studying the gospels and a thorough look at how each gospel builds our understanding of Jesus. Strauss ties it all together with a comprehensive study of what the Gospels say about Jesus’ works, teachings, death, and resurrection. Even those who do not consider themselves Christians a useful tool to learn about the most influential person who has ever lived.