The Gospels

The Gospels

by Wayne Rollins


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Far from being carbon copies of one another, the Gospels represent four individual approaches to God, to the world, to humankind, and above all to the one they call Jesus the Christ. The purpose of the book is to examine how each Gospel writer, heeding the patterns and rhythms of his own mind, portrays Jesus in the setting of his own world.
The five chapters of the book are titled: ""The New Approach""; ""The Gospel of Mark: A Religious-Existential Approach""; ""The Gospel of Matthew: An Ethical-Apocalyptic Approach""; ""The Gospel of Luke: An Aesthetic-Historical Approach""; and ""The Gospel of John: A Paradoxical-Mystical Approach.""
The diversity of the Gospels and their Christology is, Rollins believes, an asset to faith's understanding. The Christ event becomes available through four perspectives rather than one, each capturing an edge of the reality.
Moreover, in their diversity the Gospel portraits exemplify the New Testament injunction that new wine must be put into new wineskins, and they provide models for the continuing attempts at christological portraiture undertaken by novelists, poets, playwrights, and theologians who find themselves moved by and drawn to the one the Gospels portray.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625642622
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/23/2013
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Wayne G. Rollins received his B. A. from Capital University in Columbus , Ohio, and the B.D., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale. He has taught at Princeton University, Wellesley College, and Hartford Seminary Foundation, and served as Director of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies and Ecumenical Institute at Assumption College, Worcester, MA. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His publications include The Gospels: Portraits of Christ (1963), Soul and Psyche, the Bible in Psychological Perspective (1999). He co-edited four volumes with J. Harold Ellens on Psychology and the Bible: A New Way to Read the Scriptures (2004) and Psychological Insight Into The Bible: Texts And Readings (2007) with D. Andrew Kille. In 2012, at the University of Amsterdam, colleagues presented Rollins with a Festschrift volume of essays , entitled Psychological Hermeneutics for Biblical Themes and Texts, edited by J. Harold Ellens. It honored Rollins' 1991 founding of the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, an international organization of biblical scholars. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Assumption College and serves as Adjunct Professor of Scripture at Hartford Seminary.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

I The New Approach 11

Peeling the Onion 11

The Art of the Gospel Maker 18

The Task at Hand 20

II The Gospel of Mark: A Religious-Existential Approach 24

The Existential Question 24

The Existential Core of Mark 27

Authentic Existence in Mark 44

III The Gospel of Matthew: An Ethical-Apocalyptic Approach 49

Apocalypticism and Christology 50

The Apocalyptic Temperament in Matthew 70

IV The Gospel of Luke: An Aesthetic-Historical Approach 76

God and History: The Past and the Present 77

Christ and Salvation: Essence and Existence 90

The Spirit and the Church: A Sacramental Theology 94

History, Theology, and Aesthetics 97

V The Gospel oe John: A Paradoxical-Mystical Approach 100

Mysticism and Paradox 103

Christology and Paradox 105

Christianity and Paradox 113

Mysticism, Paradox, and Logos 119

Postscript 121

Notes 123

Index 125

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