The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ

The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ

by Martin Hengel
     
 

Why did the church, in forming its canon of scripture, choose to include four different and sometimes contradictory accounts of the life of Jesus, when others, like Tatian and Marcion, opted for a harmony, for one account?

Professor Hengel examines the external historical evidence for the creation of the Gospels by those documenting the early church, like Papias

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Why did the church, in forming its canon of scripture, choose to include four different and sometimes contradictory accounts of the life of Jesus, when others, like Tatian and Marcion, opted for a harmony, for one account?

Professor Hengel examines the external historical evidence for the creation of the Gospels by those documenting the early church, like Papias and Ireneus. He also analyzes the origin of the uniform title "Gospel according to" and the process of dissemination of the gospel.

He concludes that whether for the evangelists or for Paul, the gospel is both narrative and proclamation. Despite the problems caused by the different forms in which the gospel has come down to us, this very multiplicity remains a source of strength for the church.

Martin Hengel is Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism at the University of Tübingen.

Editorial Reviews

L. Gaston
Libraries that have other books by this prolific and erudite author will want to add this latest.—Choice
C. Clifton Black
Though never detached from laboriously reconstructed, historical argument, Hengel's work delivers a theological payoff. In particular, his too-brief musings on the gospel narrative's dialectical relationship with the Torah's story of salvation renew this reader's hope in the possibility of biblical theology.
S. J. - P.M. Meagher

'This is a scholarly study of many areas of the historical origins and nature of the Gospels, taking up basic introductory questions for a historical critical approach to Gospel study. (...) Hengel shows his mastery of the areas of the history of the early Church and his great familiarity with the text of the Gospels themselves and early Christian writings. (...) A book for good libraries and for serious teachers and students of the Gospels.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563383007
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
07/01/2000
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
806,047
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.76(d)

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Martin Hengel is Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Ancient Judaism, University of Tübingen, Germany.

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