Book Review – The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus (Michael Bird)


Michael F. Bird. The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus.  Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. 408 pp. $30.00.

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I’m fairly certain that Michael Bird publishes more books per year than the average person reads. But it’s not just the quantity of his output that’s impressive – the depth and quality across a wide range of topics (e.g. 1 Esdras, Pauline studies, historical Jesus, Christology, systematic theology, etc.) is just as notable. And sprinkled throughout his excellent scholarship is always a generous dash of humor.  Bird’s latest book, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus, is “concerned primarily with the questions of how the Gospels came to be, what kinds of literature they are, and how they relate to Christian discourse about God” (viii). Hence it’s not a gospels survey, as it doesn’t deal…

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