The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels

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Stephen C. Barton
Cambridge University Press, Nov 23, 2006 - History - 300 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

What is a gospel?
13
The fourfold gospel
34
The canonical matrix of the gospels
53
The gospels and the historical Jesus
76
The Gospels and the reader
97
The Gospel according to Matthew
121
The Gospel according to Mark
139
The Gospel according to Luke
158
The Gospel according to John
182
The gospels and the development of doctrine
203
The gospels embodied the lives of saints and martyrs
224
Praying the gospels spirituality and worship
245
Living the gospels morality and politics
264

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Stephen C. Barton is Reader in New Testament, Department of Theology, Durham University.