The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences

The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences

by Richard J. Bauckham

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The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences by Richard J. Bauckham


This volume challenges the current consensus in New Testament scholarship that each of the Gospels was written for a specific church or group of churches. These essays argue, from a wide range of evidence, that the Gospels were intended for general circulation throughout all the early churches and, hence, were written for all Christians.

Loveday Alexander, Stephen C. Barton, Richard Bauckham, Richard Burridge, Michael B. Thompson, and Francis Watson examine such topics as the extent of communication between early Christian churches, book production and circulation in the Graeco-Roman world, the Gospel genre and its audience, the relationships between the Gospels, the faulty enterprise of reconstructing Gospel communities, and the hermeneutical and theological pitfalls of reading the Gospels as community texts. By putting in question a large body of assumptions that are almost universally accepted in contemporary scholarship, this book could fundamentally change both the method and the findings of Gospel interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802844446
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/01/1997
Series: New Testament Commentaries Series
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author


Richard Bauckham is professor emeritus of New Testamentstudies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, seniorscholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and fellow of both theBritish Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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