The Fourfold Gospel: A Theological Reading of the New Testament Portraits of Jesus
:This groundbreaking approach to the study of the fourfold gospel offers a challenging alternative to prevailing assumptions about the creation of the gospels and their portraits of Jesus. How and why does it matter that we have these four gospels?...
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:This groundbreaking approach to the study of the fourfold gospel offers a challenging alternative to prevailing assumptions about the creation of the gospels and their portraits of Jesus. How and why does it matter that we have these four gospels? Why were they placed alongside one another as four parallel yet diverse retellings of the same story?
Francis Watson, widely regarded as one of the foremost New Testament scholars of our time, explains that the four gospels were chosen to give a portrait of Jesus. He explores the significance of the fourfold gospel's plural form for those who constructed it and for later Christian communities, showing that in its plurality it bears definitive witness to what God has done in Jesus Christ. Watson focuses on reading the gospels as a group rather than in isolation and explains that the fourfold gospel is greater than, and other than, the sum of its individual parts. Interweaving historical, exegetical, and theological perspectives, this book is accessibly written for students and pastors but is also of interest to professors and scholars.
Francis was Director of Conter-Propaganda to the Government of India and the author of Gandhi.
- :<b>contents<br><br></b>prolegomena: <i>the Making Of A Fourfold Gospel<br>more Than Four?<br>fewer Than Four?<br>why &quot;gospel&quot;?<br>why The Evangelists' Names?<br>why These Four?<br></i><b>part 1: Perspectives<br></b>1. The First Gospel: Jesus The Jew<br><i>the Messiah's Double Origin<br>genealogy As Narrative<br>the Sacred Story And Its Shadow<br>the Genealogy Of Jesus The Messiah<br></i>2. The Second Gospel: Preparing The Way<br><i>the Four Faces Of The Gospel<br>the Voice In The Desert<br>the Inclusive Gospel<br>an End And A Beginning<br></i>3. The Third Gospel: Magnificat<br><i>how Luke Became Luke<br>reassuring Theophilus<br>reading In Parallel<br></i>4. The Fourth Gospel: Seeing God<br><i>three Plus One<br>the Johannine Eagle<br>in The Beginning<br></i><b>part 2: Convergences<br></b>5. Four Gospels, One Book<br><i>the Evangelist: Portrait And Artist<br>prefatory To A Gospel<br>order Out Of Chaos<br>parallels And Numbers<br></i>6. The City And The Garden<br><i>acclamation<br>reading The Event<br>a Man Of Sorrows<br></i>7. Christus Victor<br><i>the Death Of The Messiah<br>atonement<br>pattern<br>life<br>aftermath<br></i>8. The Truth Of The Gospel<br><i>the Eucharistic Milieu<br>evangelical Apologetics<br>form And Content<br>the One Word<br></i>indexes