Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction

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"This is a book that could transform many people's reading of the Gospels. Jonathan Pennington has a wide knowledge of the specialist literature, and he skillfully distills what matters most for the task of reading the Gospels wisely. He is especially concerned that we read the Gospels in ways that are appropriate to the sort of texts they are. What comes across is a powerful sense that the Gospels are not only historical but also life-changing."
--Richard Bauckham, University of St. Andrews; Ridley Hall, ...
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Overview

"This is a book that could transform many people's reading of the Gospels. Jonathan Pennington has a wide knowledge of the specialist literature, and he skillfully distills what matters most for the task of reading the Gospels wisely. He is especially concerned that we read the Gospels in ways that are appropriate to the sort of texts they are. What comes across is a powerful sense that the Gospels are not only historical but also life-changing."
--Richard Bauckham, University of St. Andrews; Ridley Hall, Cambridge

"Reading the Gospels can be tricky, but it is important to read them with a full appreciation of their theology. Jonathan Pennington's study helps you get there--and get there well, as well as wisely."
--Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Many books on the Gospels slog through source criticism, form criticism, and redaction criticism--important topics to be sure. How refreshing it is, however, to find a book with a new approach, one that reads the Gospels as literature and sees their importance theologically. This book is like a cool drink of water in what is too often the desert of Gospel studies. While I don't agree with everything Pennington says, his arguments must be reckoned with, and they further the conversation in productive and stimulating ways. I believe this is the best introductory book on the Gospels. Both students and professors will find it to be invaluable."
--Thomas R. Schreiner, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Few academic enterprises of recent generations have been as chaotic and contradictory as the study of Jesus and the Gospels. Bultmann, Bornkamm, Borg, Burridge, Blomberg, Bauckham--and those are just some Bs--whom to believe? This learned yet lively volume attempts to transcend past miscues and cash in on lasting insights going back to patristic times. Pennington shows how the fourfold canonical Gospel ought to be read: as the proper entrée to becoming Jesus's disciple for the sake of loving God by the work of the Spirit. Few works explain more."
--Robert W. Yarbrough, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801039379
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 713,379
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan T. Pennington (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is associate professor of New Testament interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew and has published a number of tools for learning biblical languages, including New Testament Greek Vocabulary and Old Testament Hebrew Vocabulary.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Bauckham ix

Preface xi

Part 1 Clearing Ground, Digging Deep, and Laying a Good Foundation

1 What Are the Gospels? Defining "Gospel" 3

2 What Are the Gospels? Understanding the "Gospel" Genre 18

3 Why Do We Need the Gospels? (Or Why Saint Paul Is Not Enough) 36

4 The Joy and Angst of Having Four Gospels 50

5 Texts and History: The Testimony of the Fourfold Witness 74

6 Reading Holy Scripture Well: Three Avenues 108

7 Reading Holy Scripture Well: Intent, Meaning, and. Posture 122

8 Foundations for Reading the Gospels Well 143

Part 2 Building the House through Wise Reading

9 Reading the Gospels as Stories: The "Whatever Strikes Me" (WSM)Hermeneutic versus Narrative Analysis 169

10 Reading the Gospels as Stories: Circles of Contextual Meaning 183

Part 3 Living in the Gospels House

11 Summing It All Up: Applying and Teaching the Gospels 213

12 The Gospels as the Archway of the Canon 229

Scripture Index 259

Author Index 265

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