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Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels, New Revised Standard Version Hardcover – December 2, 1992


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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 5th Revised edition (December 2, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840774842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840774842
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Burton H. Throckmorton, Jr. is Hayes Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Emeritus, at Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, Maine. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his B.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He studied at the University of Marburg in Germany and earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and in the United Church of Christ. Professor Throckmorton is a member of the Inclusive Language Lectionary Committee and is the author of numerous articles in the field of New Testament studies.

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Easy to read.
Donald E. Hirsch
This is an important reference book for those who are interested in the differences and parallels one finds in the three synoptic Gospels.
D. Jordan
It's a great resource and a good book to use in Gospel study.
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By "mrsfaganselves" on December 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Gospel Parallels is a serious work indexing and comparing the first three New Testament books (Matthew, Mark and Luke) so that those interested in the study of the Gospels can see exactly the similarities and discrepancies in the stories.
But the book is more than that. Given the increasing interest in recent years in the non-canonical works, Greek and other manuscripts that are not easily found in the local library are cited as a way of further illuminating the path toward further understanding of early Christian writing and thinking.
This is not a book that offers a lot of commentary. In fact, it offers virtually none. It simply lines up in a table such offerings as Accusations Against Jesus and then gives us Matthew (12:22-24) against Mark (3:19-22) and Luke (11:14-16).
One benefit of this style is that we're able to quickly see the differences in accounts. Those wanting an explication of the significance in choice of language or details included or excluded will have to look elsewhere for enlightenment. That makes this very thorough book a study aid accompanying other works that might provide more understanding; it is not a freestanding help to those curious about why accounts of Jesus' life or teaching vary so radically.
I used the fourth edition of this book in a New Testament course years ago and had forgotten its seeming limitations. But for those interested in serious exploration and in need of help tracking down New Testament and other texts, this book is invaluable.
It offers us a decent who's who of church fathers, and a short but terrific explanation of the different versions of texts in the Bible, which helps account for differing interpretations and changes in language. The fourth edition is in conformity with the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "shofar" on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
One of the best recommended methods for studying the synoptic gospels is to underline a parallel version or harmony using different colors to show where the text is parallel word for word, partially, not at all, or where there is material that is unique just to that gospel. I used an earlier edition of "The Gospel Parallels" in a college class about 19 years ago. The fact that it is still a popular choice for serious study of the gospels is a testimony to its great usefulness and enduring scholarship. This latest edition includes references to other canonical writings that are not as accessible to all students, which makes it even more valuable. The footnotes have been enhanced, and all material that appears "out of order" is printed in italics which is yet another outstanding tool. When I began to rebuild my personal library after having sold or given away most of my books when I had moved, "The Gospel Parallels" was very high on my list of essential references. Highly recommended.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I never before saw the books this way. Where there is no parallel text the adjoining gospel is left blank. It makes word for word comparison easy. It is extremely easy to read and has references [including the variations of the text] to various other religious/biblical text containing the same or similar text. It also breaks it down into what particular manuscript contains what and allows you to look at the differences within the various early manuscript of the Bible. John has very few parallels in common and is referenced where needed. In fact the differences in John are even more striking after having read this book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 17, 2011
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There are three very good books which compare the texts of the Gospels. The less expensive one, comparing the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) by Burton H Throckmorton, Jr. is the one you may be most inclined to get, since it costs about $22 from Amazon, compared to a "new" price of $145 for the Synopsis of the Four Gospels, English Edition edited by Kurt Aland. It's important to specify "English Edition" as there is a Greek edition as well, with titles an explanatory notes in German (but with English titles in small print off to the left, with Latin titles off to the right.)! If you do not know German, you may not want the Greek edition. However, if you are intent on comparing the Greek across the Gospels, you may wish to go for it anyway. It may be a very nice way to exercise your Greek. All the verse numbers are, of course, language independent, and the Gospel names are virtually the same in German and English.

The Throckmorton is based on particular English translations. The Fifth Edition is based on the NRSV, which should work well for most Protestant and many Catholic churches. The Aland is based on the RSV; however, it includes notes on the differences between translations in the KJV of 1611, the Catholic Edition of the RSV, the English Revised Version of 1881, and the American Standard Version of 1901. Some of these may not be useful to most people, but the comparison with the KJV will recoup some famous phrases which may have been lost in modern translations, such as "generation of vipers", replaced by "brood of vipers" in 20th century translations.

Before going any further, I suggest that unlike the Concordance, modern Bible software such as Bibleworks has not replaced this style of book.
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