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The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels (Cambridge Companions to Religion)by Stephen C. Barton
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The four gospels are a central part of the Christian canon of scripture. In the faith of Christians, this canon constitutes a life-giving witness to who God is and what it means to be truly human. This volume treats the gospels not just as historical sources, but also as crucial testimony to the life of God made known in Jesus Christ. This approach helps to overcome the sometimes damaging split between critical gospel study and questions of theology, ethics and the life of faith. The essays are by acknowledged experts in a range of theological disciplines. The first section considers what are appropriate ways of reading the gospels given the kinds of texts they are. The second, central section covers the contents of the gospels. The third section looks at the impact of the gospels in church and society across history and up to the present day.
This introduction focuses not only on historical questions - authorship, date, historical setting and literary genre - but also considers the gospels as texts of Christian scripture which have inspired the faith and worship of the church down the ages. The contributors include theologians and ethicists as well as New Testament scholars.
This book on the gospels is an introduction with a difference. Whereas the standard approach focuses only on historical questions - authorship, date, historical setting and literary genre - this book also considers the gospels as texts of Christian scripture which have inspired the faith and worship of the church down the ages right up to the present. The contributors include theologians and ethicists as well as New Testament scholars. They look not only at what the texts say, but also at how they speak from the past to the present.
An introduction covering historical, theological and ethical aspects of the gospels through the ages.
About the Author
Stephen C. Barton is Reader in New Testament, Department of Theology, Durham University.
Table of Contents
Introduction Stephen C. Barton; Part I. Approaching the Gospels - Context and Method: 1. What is a gospel? Loveday Alexander; 2. The fourfold gospel Francis Watson; 3. The canonical matrix of the gospels Richard B. Hays; 4. The gospels and 'the historical Jesus' Stephen E. Fowl; 5. The gospels and the reader Sandra M. Schneiders; Part II. The Gospels as Witnesses to Christ - Content and Interpretation: 6. The Gospel according to Matthew Stephen C. Barton; 7. The Gospel according to Mark Joel B. Green; 8. The Gospel according to Luke John T. Squires; 9. The Gospel according to John Marianne Meye Thompson; Part III. The Afterlife of the Gospels - Impact on Church and Society: 10. The gospels and the development of doctrine Frances Young; 11. The gospels embodied: the lives of saints and martyrs David Matzko McCarthy; 12. Praying the gospels: spirituality and worship Gordon Mursell; 13. Living the gospels: morality and politics Scott Bader-Saye.
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