Reading the Gospels Today

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Stanley E. Porter
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - Religion - 211 pages
As ancient documents, the New Testament Gospels can seem distant from contemporary life or irrelevant to modern society. Further complicating the task of reading the Gospels is the way they seem to introduce differing, if not competing, pictures of Jesus. "Reading the Gospels Today" is meant to help Bible readers understand -- and move beyond -- the difficulties involved in interpreting Scripture in our current context.

In these insightful studies several biblical scholars explore the content of the Gospels while also discussing how to read these writings in relation to each other and in terms of todaybs world. Some chapters consider issues that vex Gospel criticism; others look at particular texts or Synoptic themes; still others demonstrate how onebs immediate interpretive context helps to raise the issues and shape the answers that are found when we read the Gospels. Well organized, thoughtfully written, and widely accessible, this volume will serve to draw readers into the exciting field of contemporary Gospels study.

Contributors: Craig A. Evans
Michael Knowles
Andrew T. Lincoln
Allan Martens
Lee Martin McDonald
Stanley E. Porter
Al Wolters
Yong-Eui Yang


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Reading the Gospels as a Hermeneutical Issue
Why an Old Approach Is Still Best
Reading the Gospels and the Quest for the Historical Jesus
The Gospel as Oral Performance
1225 from a Korean Perspective
Reading Lukes Message for a Gentile Audience
The Fourth Gospel under Modern and Postmodern Interrogation
Their Origin Use and Authority
A Methodological Dialogue with Brevard Childs
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Subjects
Index of Ancient Sources

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About the author (2004)

Stanley E. Porter is president, dean, professor of New Testament, and holder of the Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario.

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