David Black opens up a whole new world of understanding as he traces the history, origin and development of the four NT Gospels. With a clear and firm belief in divine inspiration and the authority of these writings he encourages the reader to think of the rapid growth of the early church and the need for the gospel story in words and forms that the differing cultures and contexts could understand and embrace. . . . Black mainly uses Patristic documentation to support his hypothesis, asserting that the unhesitating support by the church fathers for the historicity and authorship of the four Gospels can no longer be doubted. (Randy Sizemore Evangelical Journal )
This book is a welcome David going against the Markan priority Goliath, and Black gives valuable reasons from patristic and textual studies to re-evaluate the Synoptic problem. --Southwestern Journal of Theology
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“Black's brief study of the composition of the Gospels summarizes early Christian evidence about their origins and history. He provides the interested non-specialist with a valuable survey of this wrongly neglected and unfashionable aspect of New Testament studies. His often-provocative pronouncements together with a healthy bibliography should stimulate much interest and further debate about the validity of early patristic testimony.”
—J. Keith Elliott
Professor of New Testament Textual Criticism
University of Leeds
“Those like myself who remain persuaded of the greater probability of the two-source hypothesis and do not find it to be incompatible with our understanding of the Gospels as divinely-inspired Scripture will nevertheless welcome Black's book as a clear and succinct statement of an alternative position that will greatly help students in their assessment of the various theories of the origins of the Gospels.”
—I. Howard Marshall
Honorary Research Professor of New Testament
University of Aberdeen
“One does not have to agree with everything Dr. Black has to say in this far-ranging book to recognize that he has made a real contribution to a central issue of New Testament research: the nature and origins of the Gospels. Not the least of the useful things Black has done is to give many ancient Christian writers renewed voice in the ongoing debate.”
—Rev. James Swetnam, S.J.
Professor Emeritus, Pontifical Biblical Institute
“Black has given us a refreshing reacquisition of the voice of the patristic fathers in the attempt to discover the origins of the four Gospels. While not all will be convinced of his reconstruction of the historical circumstances and sequence of the writing of the individual gospels, students and scholars alike will benefit from entertaining this alternative to the entrenched, mechanical Two/Four Source hypothesis.”
—Michael J. Wilkins
Professor of New Testament Language and Literature
Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
La Mirada, California
David Alan Black (D.Theol., University of Basel) is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is the author or editor of 16 books, including Learn to Read New Testament Greek, Interpreting the New Testament, and Rethinking the Synoptic Problem. He has written more than 100 articles in journals such as New Testament Studies, Biblica, and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.
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