Four Gospels, One Jesus?: A Symbolic Reading

Four Gospels, One Jesus?: A Symbolic Reading

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Four Gospels, One Jesus?: A Symbolic Reading by Richard A. Burr, Richard A. Burridge

This highly readable work introduces Jesus through the distinctive portraits of him by the four Gospel authors. Writing in the light of the latest scholarship but without using technical terminology, Richard Burridge carefully works through each Gospel, offering a clear and illuminating interpretation of each Evangelist's view of Jesus based on the traditional Gospel symbols, and then discusses the implications of these four portraits of Jesus for Christians today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802808769
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/28/1994
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 205
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

  1. Four Gospels,…
  2. Four portraits
    What are the gospels?


    How did the gospels come to be written?

    What sorts of material do the gospels contain?

    What about the authors?
    Redaction and composition

    Literary approaches to the texts
    Narrative and readers

    Creativity and inspiration
    Criticism of scripture

    The four living creatures
    The allocation of the symbols to the gospels

    The four symbols as visual teaching aids
    Reasons and explanations

    From Jerome to the Book of Kells
    The illuminated gospels

  3. The Roar of the Lion—Mark's Jesus
  4. The lion's appearance

    Symbolism and meaning

    The bounding lion
    Mark's style, structure, and narrative technique

    The beast of conflict
    Opposition and ministry, Mark 1-8

    The lion and his pride
    The role of the disciples

    What kind of animal is this creature?
    Identity and interlude, Mark 8-10

    Jerusalem—the lion's lair or robbers' den?
    The Temple, Mark 11-13

    In at the kill
    The Passion, Mark 14-15

    'Rose like a lion'
    The Resurrection, Mark 16.1-8

  5. The Teacher of Israel—Matthew's Jesus
  6. The human face
    Symbolism and meaning

    Where is he who is born King of the Jews?
    Infancy narratives, Matthew 1-2

    Another Moses?
    Beginning ministry, Matthew 3-8.1

    The new teaching
    The Discourses, Matthew 5-7, 10, 13, 18, 23-25

    Conflict between the Teacher and Israel
    Matthew 8-23

    The Teacher's suffering
    The Passion, Matthew 26-27

    The Teacher's vindication
    The Resurrection, Matthew 28

  7. The Bearer of Burdens—Luke's Jesus
  8. The powerful ox

    Symbolism and meaning

    The ox in the Temple and the stall
    Infancy and beginnings, Luke 1-4.13

    The ox plods a long, slow journey
    Luke's style and structure

    The ox, the herd, and the drivers
    Luke's characterization

    Those who are burdened with heavy loads
    The ministry of the ox

    Strength to bear the burdens
    Luke's spirituality

    The sacrificial, saving victim
    The Passion, Luke 22-23

    He rides again
    The Resurrection, Luke 24

  9. The High-Flying Eagle—John's Jesus
  10. Farsight the Eagle

    Symbolism and meaning

    The high-flying perspective
    Prologue and beginnings, 1.1-51

    'The way of an eagle in the sky'
    Following John's story, style and structure

    'The eagle has landed'?
    The person of Jesus

    Talons bared for conflict
    The Book of Signs and 'the Jews', John 2-12

    Living under the shadow of his wings
    Discipleship and the Last Supper, John 13-17

    The hour of glory
    The Passion, John 18-19

    'Risen with healing in his wings'
    The Resurrection, John 20-21

  11. …One Jesus?
  12. Four portraits or four Jesuses?
    From four gospels back to one Jesus
    From four gospels forward to many Jesuses
    Plurality within limits
    Biography, faith, and worship

    Suggestions for Further Reading

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