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The Complete Gospels, 4th Edition Paperback – September 1, 2010
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IF the authors are correct, many of Jesus' words are finally translated to their true meaning. Oft quoted translations have new and make more Christian sense.
This is a tough study, but reading the introduction alone can give one a sense that the contributors know their stuff.
A long time ago in a far away land, a bunch of men got together and determined which gospels would go into the Bible…and which wouldn’t. And that has been a problem for me lately, as I wonder what we are missing. Surely the others weren’t completely trash, surely there was something in it that fleshed Jesus and his teachings out more. Then I found this book.
The Christian geek in me really enjoyed getting and reading this book. It has all of the known gospels together, from the accepted 4 gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, to the lesser accepted, but still very interesting gospels, like the two Infancy Gospels of Thomas and James, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Judas, the text of Q, etc. I love reading the outside gospels because they give me more, more insight into Jesus, more insight into the characters surrounding him. The best part is that it is all in one place.
The gospels in this book are translated into the Scholar’s Version which is introduced as a “a fresh translation from the original languages into living American English that is entirely free of ecclesiastical control”. I will say right now that I wish we had more than just this translated into this version because it was so easy to read and comprehend. This is really what you need when you are intellectually trying to delve deeply into the gospels. You don’t need to be caught up in the flowery languages, the thee’s and thou’s. You need to focus on the best, most understandable translation from the original text.
This is exactly what this book gives, all in one place. So if the Christian geek in you, is like the Christian geek in me, and wants to delve more into ALL the gospels, you need to check this book out.
Also included are works for which we have no empirical evidence for, including the Signs Gospel and Q. These writings also stem from Jesus Seminar presuppositions - being that rather extensive written material would have had to existed to form the canonical gospels. Of course this leads to the question of the dating of the gospels themselves and we also find that naturalistic presuppositions lie behind the dating of a gospel.Read more ›
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This is the best, most accurate and modern translation of the gospels - canonical and non-canonical that you will find today. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Leland Somers
Contrived on the basis of the work of the Jesus Seminar. This work is apologist for the rational gang who are certain they know it all. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John in PA
It is valued book, it helps to understand better what has been troubling my mind for a long timePublished 21 months ago by Tily
Perfect in every way. I've been lent a hard cover several years ago, but this is fully updated! Recommended to everyone interested in this subject - a very readable yet scholarly... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by david crothers
The set up of this text made reading and comparing the Gospels easier to do. The language was easy to read.Published on January 20, 2014 by Shelley
It is a complete compendium of the Gospels, including those not contained in the New Testament and sheds much light on their history and meaning.Published on October 20, 2013 by Bibb Underwood