Four Gospels, One Jesus?: A Symbolic Reading

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jul 24, 2014 - Religion - 217 pages
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In this modern classic Richard Burridge offers an engaging introduction to the New Testament Gospels. Using the ancient visual symbols for the Gospels — human face, lion, ox, and eagle — Burridge presents a clear interpretation of each Gospel author's portrait of Jesus.

This new edition contains updated suggestions for further reading and a substantial new Afterword in which Burridge reflects personally on his book's genesis, development, and positive reception over the years. Four Gospels, One Jesus? in this third edition will continue to be appreciated by teachers, students, pastors, and other readers wanting to understand Jesus more fully.
 

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Contents

the gospels come to be written?
9
What about the authors?
16
Creativity and inspiration
22
The four symbols as visual teaching aids
28
2 The Roar of the Lion Marks Jesus
35
The beast of conflict
41
What kind of animal is this creature?
49
In at the kill
59
The ox plods a long slow journey
106
Those who are burdened with heavy loads
118
The sacrificial saving victim
126
The HighFlying Eagle Johns Jesus
133
One Jesus?
165
From four gospels forward to many Jesuses
173
Biography faith and worship
180
Who said anything about changes?
187

The Teacher of Israel Matthews Jesus
67
The new teaching
78
Conflict between the Teacher and Israel
86
The Teachers vindication
97
Critical scholarship and a prayerful respect
195
Annotated Suggestions for Further Reading
201
Index
211
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About the author (2014)

Richard A. Burridge is dean of King s College London, where he is also professor of biblical interpretation and director of New Testament studies. Winner of the 2013 Ratzinger Prize, he is the first non-Catholic ever to receive that prestigious award.

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