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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (May 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068483281X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684832814
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

His prodigious output in all literary genres has made Price one of the preeminent men of letters in America. He has, for more than 20 years, studied Koine (common-language) Greek and, while teaching at Duke University, led seminars on the Gospels of Mark and John. Both experiences inform this three-part collection of two "plain translations" of the New Testament texts and an original modern Gospel. In his version, Price uses Mark's chronology and metaphoric details to paint a picture of Jesus as the Son of God who is aware of His mission of blood redemption. The introductions to each section convey Price's enthusiasm for the life of Jesus, insights gleaned from his long study of the scriptures and some of the challenges he faced in bringing these ancient texts to life for contemporary readers. The author's unalloyed love of story and literary invention come across vividly in these crisp translations.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

In A Palpable God (1978), novelist Price (The Promise of Rest, LJ 4/1/95) elegantly translated 30 Bible stories of the encounter between God and humankind. Now, Price has turned his poetic powers to the translation of the gospels of Mark and John and even writes his own gospel. While Price introduces his translation of the canonical gospels with a thorough exploration of the history of criticism of each, his translations are literal, though not wooden, renderings of the Greek manuscripts. For example, in Price's eloquent reading of John 3:16-"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so all who trusted in him might not be lost but have eternal life"-the verse loses much of the antagonism and exclusivism of traditional translations. These beautiful renderings of the biblical stories that have so influenced the pitch and cadence of his own writing are Price's gifts of gratitude. Highly recommended.
Henry Carrigan Jr., Westerville P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Reynolds Price was born in Macon, North Carolina in 1933. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University, he has taught at Duke since 1958 and is now James B. Duke Professor of English.

His first short stories, and many later ones, are published in his Collected Stories. A Long and Happy Life was published in 1962 and won the William Faulkner Award for a best first novel. Kate Vaiden was published in 1986 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Good Priest's Son in 2005 was his fourteenth novel. Among his thirty-seven volumes are further collections of fiction, poetry, plays, essays, and translations. Price is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his work has been translated into seventeen languages.

Customer Reviews

This is a gem of a book.
Anne Rice
I've read a great majority of the books on the "Historical Jesus," each of which - as the old saying goes - reveals more about the author than the subject.
Joe Kenney
The freshness of the Marcan narrative will renew your love for the gospels, and give you fresh insight into the minds of first century Christians in Rome.
Cynthia S. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The best thing about The Three Gospels, to me, is that Mr. Price's translation and exegesis adds to the mystery of Mark and John while making them real, everyday people at the same time. Mr. Price inspires a passionate study of the Gospels, not to disprove or make intellectual arguments, but to enter more deeply the divine mystery of Jesus's life, death, and resurrection. This book should be required reading for any theology program.
Cynthia M. Pease
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
Having been away from the life of Jesus for almost 40 years, I found this book enthralling. It made me think about what Price calls "the Jesus sect" in a very different way. I recommend it to anyone who lost faith in a childhood Christianity but seeks something spiritual in their life.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joe Kenney on March 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Reynold Price's translations of Mark and John are good in that they try to transliterate the style and feel of their Greek originals, but truth be told they just don't read as well as the translations to be found in other Bible tranlsations. But Price's commentaries on these two Gospels are the main factor in this book. He utilizes something that's missing from the "detective kits" of most other Biblical scholars: common sense. I've read a great majority of the books on the "Historical Jesus," each of which - as the old saying goes - reveals more about the author than the subject. Instead of going off into groundless supposition, as most other Historical Jesus questors are known to do, Price gives us the evidence that we have and makes common sense conclusions on who wrote the Gospels: when, where, how, and why. He doesn't make any mention of the so-called "Secret" Gospel of Mark, true; but I think this is less Price being unaware of it and more of him just realizing it's a phony and unworthy of mention. Read Akenson's Saint Saul, which brutally brings this forgery to light. Price's extra Gospel, which he wrote himself, is interesting, but ultimately the selling point of this book are his commentaries to the two ancient Gospels themselves.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anne Rice on August 21, 2005
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Price has done a beautiful thing here with his dedicated and solid work on the gospels. And thank Heaven he speaks up for John bar Zebedee being the author of his gospel. The commentary is deeply moving -- some of the best writing on the gospels I've seen anywhere. I'm grateful for this book. I return to it again and again. Of late, academic scholarship has done so much to tear the gospels to shreds, to rob them of their intensity and depth, to deny their individual personality and power. Reynolds is a wonderful corrective to all this, a brilliant writer who approaches the texts we have with profound respect and fascinating insight, and his writing is truly elegant and expressive and sensitive -- an inspiration. This is a gem of a book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Anandarajoo on April 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Ahem.Mr Price is not the Editor. He's the author! (I wonder if any one reads these reviews and notes its contents). Its still a wonderful book, with a fresh new look at the Gospels of Mark and John. And frankly, after reading it, one gets a new perspective of the relationship between God and man. It certainly gave me a stronger foundation and background to the two gospels and an insight into Christ.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C. Bryson on January 18, 2009
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The essays with the translations are full of information. The translations are done by a person who is sensitive to the literary techniques of the original so the translations have a similar feel as the Greek. Unlike many translators, Price has no problem of properly using "I AM" when Jesus clearly is saying that. If you wonder who Jesus said he was, read this. It is clear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia S. Smith on February 11, 2010
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Reynolds Price has done a superb job in presenting the gospels of Mark and John in an amazingly fresh style. He is the master of narrative having written scores of novels and teaching narrative writing at Duke University for over 4 decades. The freshness of the Marcan narrative will renew your love for the gospels, and give you fresh insight into the minds of first century Christians in Rome. I recommend this book for any serious Bible student or the average reader for whom the gospels have lost their luster.

Doug Smith
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