Synoptic Gospels / Edition 2

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Keith Nickle provides a revised and updated edition of a well-respected resource that fills the gap between cursory treatments of the Synoptic Gospels by New Testament introductions and exhaustive treatments in commentaries. In a clear and concise manner, Nickles explores the major issues of faith that influenced the writers of the Gospels. The Synoptic Gospels is helpful for classroom or personal use.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664223496
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED & EXPANDED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 416,206
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith F. Nickle is a retired pastor and the former dean of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Ch. 1 Gospel Beginnings 1
1 The Early Church and Its Preaching 2
2 Different Contexts for Preaching and Teaching 8
3 Forms of Oral Traditions 18
4 The History of the Tradition 34
5 Gospel as Story 39
6 The Gospel and the Gospels 40
Ch. 2 In the Background of the Gospels 45
1 The Historical Context 46
2 Jewish Groups and Hellenism 53
Ch. 3 Why Write a Gospel? 63
1 Christian Writings Emerge 64
2 The Composition of the Gospel of Mark 68
3 Mark's Purposes 73
4 Special Features of Mark's Gospel 77
5 Mark's Gospel Story 83
6 Who Was Mark? 84
7 Outline of the Gospel of Mark 85
8 Interrelationship of the First Three Gospels 88
9 The "Q" Source 93
Ch. 4 Why Revise a Gospel? 103
1 Characteristic Traits of Matthew 104
2 Structure of the Gospel 117
3 Why Matthew Wrote His Gospel 120
4 Matthew and His Community 127
5 Matthew's Gospel Story 129
6 Outline 130
Ch. 5 Why Expand a Gospel? 135
1 Some Literary Considerations 136
2 Use of Sources 138
3 Why Luke Wrote His Gospel 146
4 Who Was Luke and When Did He Write? 157
5 Luke's Gospel Story 159
6 Outline 161
Ch. 6 The Synoptic Gospels in the Bible 165
1 Diversity in New Testament Christianity 166
2 The Quest for the Historical Jesus 170
3 Extracanonical Literature 179
4 The Canon of the New Testament 185
5 The Authority of the Gospels 190
Notes 197
Bibliography 211
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    American Christian College & Seminary

    Although not recommended for the serious Bible student, the lay-Bible student, who wants to be able to speak intelligently about Synoptics, this is the publication. Mr. Nickle deals very honestly with the Synoptic problem and so words the dilemma that the lay person will digest Mr. Nickle's syntax with professional ease.

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