has been a varied range of studies on Jesus. Though now it seems there is a
pause and perhaps opening to new orientation, with the aim not simply to cover
old ground or repeat past mistakes. This is a study of Jesus and Christian
origins with a primary focus on the Gospels. There have been comprehensive and
important contributions, like N. T. Wright’s The
New Testament and the People of God.
At the same time, more defined studies have appeared. The purpose here is not to
develop particular New Testament themes as such. Rather, in this volume the
writers take up Gospel related topics in the context of the early church in
order to illuminate specific baselines for New Testament interpretation and to
discern directions toward a new paradigm.
is much to do. The need to take account of reception history and so of the
“external evidence” for the New Testament documents; also eyewitness and oral
tradition as embodied in the Gospel accounts. The genre of the Gospels with
reference to biography or history has its own importance. The reception and
“authority” of the Gospels in the early church marks another baseline. Jesus in
his Jewish context and in relation to emerging Christianity is also a critical
baseline for interpretation.
Wiebe served for over twenty years in ministry and taught courses for McMaster
University and Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) over several
years. From 1994 to 2015 he taught for short terms (fourteen times) in India at
Union Biblical Seminary in Pune and at South Asia Institute for Advanced
Christian Studies (SAIACS) in Bangalore. His writing includes the book,
Messianic Ethics: Jesus' Proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the Church in
Response; essays in journals, including Restoration Quarterly, Interpretation,
Horizons for Biblical Theology, Indian Journal of Theology, Dharma Deepika and
the Stone-Campbell Journal. He is married to Patti and they are the parents of
three children and eight grandchildren. The Hamilton area in Ontario has been
home for over three decades.