Four Portraits, One Jesus, 2nd Edition

A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels

by Mark L. Strauss, Christopher Ragland

On Sale: 2022-10-11

Book Summary

An engaging introduction to Jesus and the gospels, this second edition of Four Portraits, One Jesus has been updated to meet the needs of today's students. With clarity and insight, Mark Strauss guides readers to understand the four distinctive portraits each gospel paints and ultimately to a deeper understanding of life and person of Jesus.

About the Book

A thorough introduction to the four biblical Gospels and their subject—the life and person of Jesus.

Like different artists who render the same subject using unique styles and points of view, the Gospels paint four distinctive portraits of the same Jesus of Nazareth. To Christians worldwide, he 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.

With clarity and insight, biblical scholar Mark Strauss illuminates these four books, addressing the following important areas:

  • The nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds of each of the Gospels.
  • A closer study of the narratives and themes found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; and their contribution to our understanding of Jesus.
  • A detailed examination of what the Gospels teach about Jesus' ministry, message, death, and resurrection—with excursions into the quest for the historical Jesus and the historical reliability of the Gospels.


For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential.

This fully-updated textbook—together with its workbook, video lectures, and laminated sheet—gives students everything they need for a thorough and enriching study of Jesus and the Gospels.

Figures, maps, images, discussion questions, key terms, and a glossary are included in the audiobook companion PDF download.

Product Details

  • Imprint: Zondervan Academic
  • On Sale: 2022-10-11
  • Publisher: Zondervan Academic
  • Publication Date: 2022-10-11
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  • Category 1 : RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
  • Category 2 : RELIGION / Biblical Biography / New Testament
  • Category 3 : RELIGION / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / New Testament
  • Category 4 : RELIGION / Biblical Studies / History & Culture
  • Category 5 : RELIGION / Christian Theology / Christology