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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801022584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801022586
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stein has produced a clear and effective presentation of modern synoptic criticism. . . . A good example of what evangelical critical scholars can do with the dominant techniques of synoptic analysis." Westminster Theological Journal

"[Stein] expertly introduces the student to the Synoptic Problem and to the methodologies which it entails. . . . It is an excellent textbook for one of almost any theological persuasion." Christian Scholar's Review

"Clear, well researched, and well written. . . . It will be a good resource for anyone who desires either an introduction to the Synoptic problem or a refresher course in Synoptic studies." Review and Expositor

"Stein has rendered a valuable service with this well-written introductory text." Journal for the Study of the New Testament

"The work of an experienced and capable teacher." Expository Times

"The book serves the invaluable purpose of allowing the reader to work through these 'problems.' . . . It allows one to rediscover exactly why there is a problem and invites dialogue about possible solutions before offering the scholars' opinions. Rarely is a book so successful in giving its readers such valuable, hands-on experience." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Robert H. Stein (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Mildred and Ernest Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous works, including A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible and Luke in the New American Commentary series.

About the Author

Robert H. Stein (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Mildred Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous works, including A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible and Luke in the New American Commentary series.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Timotheos Josephus on August 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dr. Stein has provided an excellent source for the study of the synoptic gospels. He writes in an easy-to-understand manner while still providing a great amount of detail. There are several useful charts and diagrams, and the parallel synoptic passages are written in neat, vertical columns for easy cross referencing.
The first section of this book discusses the literary relationship of the synoptic gospels. After establishing the clear literary dependence between the synoptics, Stein provides a very compelling argument for the priority of Mark and its subsequent utilization as a source for Matthew's and Luke's gospels. Those unfamiliar with Markan priority will learn a great deal from this section. The existence of Q as a written work is the next topic tackled. Objections to Markan priority and the existence of Q are handled well.
The second section covers form criticism and the oral transmission of the gospel materials prior to their use in written form. This area will again be very informative to those new to the topic. In the final section, Dr. Stein discusses redaction criticism and its applicability to hermeneutics. Stein comes from a conservative theological background, so I'm sure some conservative readers may be questioning whether or not critical scholarship is of any use. Clearly the author believes that it is, and I would agree. As for the issue of biblical authority, Stein believes that although Matthew and Luke used Mark as a source, and also that they altered their source in some cases, Matthew and Luke provide an inspired interpretation of Mark in those parallel passages where one writer differs from another.
This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in studying the relationship between the synoptic gospels. I know I'll be referring to it for a long time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brandon W on August 28, 2007
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Studying the Synoptic Gospels serves as an introduction to the study of source criticism, form criticism, and redaction criticism of the Gospels. It is not intended to be a primer on exegesis or general hermeneutics of the Gospels, but to teach how they were formed, what components were involved in their construction, and how the distinctive theologies of the evangelists can be determined.

Stein writes his book serving "as an introduction and a work manual" (13) and it sufficiently accomplishes both. The work is comprised of three major divisions: (1) The Literary Relationship of the Synoptic Gospels, (2) The Preliterary History of the Gospel Traditions, and (3) The Inscripturation of the Gospel Traditions. The first section, which is nearly half the book, deals with literary or source criticism. It seeks to answer the questions posed by the Synoptic Problem. What is the literary relationship between Matthew, Mark, and Luke? Which Gospel was written first? Which Gospels are dependent upon other Gospels? Et cetera. Ultimately, he argues that there is interdependence within the gospel tradition (chapter 1), that Mark was written first (chapter 2), and that Matthew and Luke independently used Q (chapter 3). Though there are some problems with this paradigm (chapter 4), the solution to the Synoptic Problem is best found in the two-source theory (chapter 5). He also discusses the value of source criticism (chapter 6).

The second major division deals primarily with form criticism. Stein first addresses the rise and presuppositions of form criticism (chapter 7), then the general reliability of the transmission of oral traditions (chapter 8), as well as discussing the value of form criticism.

The third and final section covers redaction criticism.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Hitchcock on March 29, 2006
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Stein, perhaps as well as anyone in the field, shows a mastery of the critical issues surrounding the gospels. The breadth of the topics he hits - Markan priority and source criticism, form criticism, redactional patterns - somehow manages to achieve depth.

Readers will find his parallel text layouts helpful. His readings are stretching at times (e.g. he believes that Matthew redacts Jesus' teaching on the lost sheep to be a parable for the church, which gives us an example of inspired hermeneutics).

The second edition is almost identical to the first. While a couple minor mistakes still slip through, this should be seen as a first-rate resource for the teacher, pastor, and student.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tyrone Boyce on December 13, 2007
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This book is truely fantastic. This book outlines the three gospels side by side so you can easily compare them. The book gives indepth explanations that are easy to read and understand. A good book for the person studying Theology or doing a church project, or just for your personal development.
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By mdoane on March 8, 2014
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The author does a great job at giving information for each stance. I needed this book for a paper I was writing and it didn't let me down!
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