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Fortress Introduction to the Gospels Paperback – January 1, 1998
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There are three sections for each of the four Gospels, discussing Characteristics (what makes it different from the other three Gospels), Historical background (where, when and why they were probably written and whether Matthew, Mark, Luke and John actually wrote them) and Major Themes (the messages that each writer wanted to get across). Things that the general reader might not be aware of, like the phantom "Q" Gospel that probably provided Matthew and Luke with material and the controversy over whether John or Lazarus was the "Beloved Disciple", are introduced in easy to understand fashion without overwhelming non-scholars. There is also an appendix summarizing the "Gnostic Gospels" which, although I wouldn't count on finding them in new copies of the New Testament anytime soon, are gaining credibility with scholars (especially the Gospel of Thomas).
I found it interesting and informative.
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son had it as a college course requirement but text was not used by ProfPublished 1 month ago by Crusader
Packed with info. Excellent for serious students of the Gospels.Published 14 months ago by Eugene W McClurken
I really like the text as a whole. It unravels the gospels in a way that isn't offensive while being informative at the same time.Published on August 18, 2013 by Tyler Richards