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Reading the Gospels Today
Stanley E. Porter
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POD; Published: 3/8/2004
ISBN: 978-0-8028-0517-1
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232 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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As ancient documents, the New Testament Gospels can seem distant from contemporary life or irrelevant to modern society. Further complicating the task of reading the Gospels is the way they seem to introduce differing, if not competing, pictures of Jesus. Reading the Gospels Today is meant to help Bible readers understand — and move beyond — the difficulties involved in interpreting Scripture in our current context.

In these insightful studies several biblical scholars explore the content of the Gospels while also discussing how to read these writings in relation to each other and in terms of today's world. Some chapters consider issues that vex Gospel criticism; others look at particular texts or Synoptic themes; still others demonstrate how one's immediate interpretive context helps to raise the issues and shape the answers that are found when we read the Gospels. Well organized, thoughtfully written, and widely accessible, this volume will serve to draw readers into the exciting field of contemporary Gospels study.

Contributors:Craig A. Evans
Michael Knowles
Andrew T. Lincoln
Allan Martens
Lee Martin McDonald
Stanley E. Porter
Al Wolters
Yong-Eui Yang
J. Ramsey Michaels
"For those who look only to the United States and Germany for biblical scholarship, this collection of essays on the Gospels is an eye-opener. Six of its eight contributors are from Canada, one from the United Kingdom, and one from Korea. They address issues ranging from traditional subjects such as the Synoptic problem and the historical Jesus to more recent topics of interest, including the Gospels as oral performance, reading from a global (in this case, Korean) perspective, and canonical criticism. These eight writers each bring a measure of common sense to a field sometimes plagued by technical jargon and faddism. Their no-nonsense approach should make this book a valuable supplementary text for beginning or advanced students of the Gospels in colleges and seminaries."