Jens Schröter, Jesus of Nazareth – Jew from Galilee, Savior of the World

Published 2014

Translated by Wayne Coppins and S. Brian Pounds

For the Baylor University Press page, see here.

For the German version, see here.

For Jens Schröter’s English-Language Publications, see here.

For Jens Schröter’s “German Scholars” post, see here.

For Jens Schröter’s University webpage, see here.


“The three scholarly movements that we call the quests for the historical Jesus have all distinguished between the Jesus of history and the Jesus of faith by emphasizing the discontinuities between the two. Jens Schröter challenges this basic divide by pointing to continuities, not by a naïve understanding of historical criticism but by exploring how interpretations of the significance of Jesus arose in continuity with the historical Jesus. This is the most important statement in contemporary scholarship between the Jesus who was and the Jesus who is.” — Gregory E. Sterling, Dean of Yale Divinity School; The Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament.

“Jens Schröter is one of the most important and innovative Jesus scholars in the world. Building from detailed knowledge of the literary and archaeological remains of Jesus’ first-century contexts and a sophisticated understanding of the work of the historian, Jesus of Nazareth weaves a narrative that begins with the historical Jesus and his renewal movement for all Israel and ends with modern artistic depictions of Jesus. Students, lay readers, and scholars will all benefit greatly from this important work.” — Chris Keith, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.

“Jens Schröter has written an excellen tbook about the historical Jesus. It not only avoids a radical skepticism, but also makes clear why both positions can be derived from our sources. It is sensitive for our modern tastes and prejudices, but rejects the idea that historians shape their image of the historical Jesus merely by their own values. Although historical Jesus research depends on our changing knowledge of the historical context of Jesus and our modern mentality, Schröter defends both the legitimacy of a theological access to Jesus and of historical Jesus research. Jesus of Nazareth is a very balanced book” — Gerd Theissen, Professor emeritus of New Testament Studies, University of Heidelberg


“Several themes are deftly interwoven in Schröter’s study: how to “combine” critical historiography with a concern for theological exegesis; pursuing the connections between the ministry of Jesus and subsequent religious developments that led to “Christianity”; delineating the process and factors that led to the NT canon, and what the canon represents and how it can serve in contemporary thinking about Christian faith.” — Pieter J. J. Botha Neotestamentica 50.3 (2016) Special Edition 236–240.

“As informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, Jesus of Nazareth: Jew from Galilee, Savior of the World is highly recommended for community and academic library collections, as well as non-specialist general readers with an interest in a scholarly approach to the life and legacy of Jesus regardless of their denominational affiliation.” — Paul T. Vogel, Midwest Book Review

“This insightful, informative, well-written book carries forward the quest for the historical Jesus. It is suitable for clergy, educated lay people, and New Testament scholars. Everyone interested in what can be known historically about Jesus should read it.” — Don Schweitzer, Touchstone February 2016, 62-64.

“For scholars engaged in historical Jesus studies, Schröter has provided an intriguing approach. It attempts to adequately consider both historical findings and the interpretive picture of Jesus that has emerged throughout the generations since his earthly ministry.” — Nathan J. McKanna with Joseph D. Fantin, Biblical Sacra 2105 [October-December]: 495-497.

Blog and other Online Responses

Chris Keith (Oct 10, 2014): Jens Schröter’s Jesus of Nazareth

Clifford Kvidahl (October 25, 2014): Some thoughts on @ Baylor Press “Jesus of Nazareth: Jew from Galilee, Savior of the World”

Russell E. Saltzman (September 3, 2015): Meeting the Real Jesus

For Wayne Coppins blog posts on this volume, see here.

Reviews of the German version

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