Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

James McGrath, of Exploring Our Matrix, posted his third installment in which he look’s at how the book addresses hard questions:

“In A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus, we are privy to the e-mails, casual conversations, and inner dialogues of the main character Norm, as he wrestles with the nature of history and our historical knowledge, topics like miracles, and much else. And as Norm finds himself reaching relatively few hard and fast conclusions, readers are left to draw their own conclusions and make up their own minds. I expect to use this book in teaching about the historical Jesus, and in taking students to Israel, as a book that will help them, challenge them, and give them essential food for thought as they themselves ‘read the Gospels on the ground.'”

Tim Gombis, of Faith Improvised, posted his review here:

“There’s much to commend in this book.  For those on a quest to satisfy doubts and questions that arise from historically considering Jesus and the Gospels, I can hardly think of a better place to start.  For courses on Jesus and the Gospels, this is a “must” for helping students process the methods and aims of historical study.”

Nijay Gupta posted his second installment in which he looks at the book’s examination of the genre of the Gospels:

“I really liked it when the book engaged in genre matters, because I think this is where so many young (and old!) students get the Gospels so wrong. Norm has his head on straight and (miraculously) demonstrates a kind of scholarly maturity one wants in all of his or her students. Norm – thanks for all the good times!”

Nancy Janisch, of Conversation in Faith, posted her review here.

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus is a readable, accessible,  intriguing, and one of a kind introduction into New Testament scholarship that is well suited for use in local congregations. The text is well footnoted and there is a lengthy bibliography for readers who wish to read more. And I suspect not a few readers will be inspired to read more.  I can imagine college and adult groups enjoying this book and engaging in lively discussion with Norm and with each other.”

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