Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Note: Who Do People Say That I Am? (Vernon K. Robbins)

There is a fantastic new book just published that covers Jesus and the gospels, canonical as well as extracanonical.  Vernon Robbins, Who Do People Say I Am? Rewriting Gospel in Emerging Christianity.

Professor Robbins' book is the best there is on the market in my opinion.  I highly recommend it to you, especially if you are looking for a book to teach this subject.

Robbins sets the more commonly known representations of Jesus in the Bible alongside lesser-well-known portraits of him found in texts like the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Judas, and the Acts of John.  He does this, not simply as a rehash of general knowledge, but applying all of his years of accumulated knowledge of orality, rhetoric, cognition and the social fabric of Christianity to the material.  You are face-to-face with Robbins the veteran professor sharing generously his knowledge.

The book is very accessible in terms of style and yet very careful in terms of historical detail.  A perfect match for the non-specialist reader, and specialists from other areas of New Testament study who want to get a handle on the extracanonical material.

6 comments:

Jim Deardorff said...

People I know think Jesus’ question “Who do people say that I am?” referred to what past life or lives he had been. They think he had taught reincarnation, not resurrection, especially when John the Baptist having been Elijah (Matthew 11:14) is interpreted in this manner. Does Robbins cover this common belief in his book?

PAULYR said...

Thanks for this booknote. I enjoy reading about Jesus & am little bit familiar with Robbins' work already (socio-rhetorical criticism).

Judy Redman said...

When I tried to buy a copy, Amazon told me it was not yet released and that the likely delivery date is October. :-(

Light Bearer said...

this looks like a very revealing and interesting book, I have been looking for commentaries and assessment which come from a sound analytical stand point, rather than the dearth of conspiracy theorists who seem to have cornered this market. I look forward to thundering through your other posts.

Ragualy said...

I ordered the book on Sep from Amazon and received a notice of delivery on Thursday, September 122013 - Monday, September 16, 2013.

Judy said...

My copy arrived yesterday, so clearly Amazon was underestimating delivery times.