To Christians worldwide, the man Jesus of Nazareth is the centerpiece of history, the object of faith, hope, and worship. Even those who do not follow him admit the vast influence of his life. For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential. Four Portraits, One Jesus is a thorough yet accessible introduction to these documents and their subject, the life and person of Jesus.
Everybody likes Jesus. Don't they? We overlook that Jesus was: Judgmental - preaching hellfire far more than the apostle Paul. Uncompromising - telling people to hate their families. Chauvinistic - excluding women from leadership. Racist - insulting people from other ethnic groups. Anti-environmental - cursing a fig tree and affirming animal sacrifice. Angry - overturning tables and chasing moneychangers in the temple.
With so many Bible translations available today, how can you find those that will be most useful to you? What is the difference between a translation that calls itself “literal” and one that is more “meaning-based”? And what difference does it make for you as a reader or listener of God’s Word? How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth brings clarity and insight to the current debate over translations and translation theories.