Professor Hengel examines the external historical evidence for the creation of the Gospels by those documenting the early church, like Papias and Irenaeus. He also analyzes the origin of the uniform title "Gospel according to" and the process of dissemination of the gospel.
He concludes that the gospel is both narrative and proclamation, and that, in spite of the different forms in which it has come down to us, this very multiplicity is a source of strength for the church.
'This is a scholarly study of many areas of the historical origins and nature of the Gospels, taking up basic introductory questions for a historical critical approach to Gospel study. (...) Hengel shows his mastery of the areas of the history of the early Church and his great familiarity with the text of the Gospels themselves and early Christian writings. (...) A book for good libraries and for serious teachers and students of the Gospels.'--P.M. Meagher "S. J. "
|Introduction: An Aporia and Two Questions||p. 1|
|The Authors of the Four Gospels and the Temptation towards Harmonization or Radical Reduction||p. 8|
|The Four Gospels, Their Authors, and the One Gospel||p. 34|
|The 'Cross-Check': The Origin of the Collection of the Four Gospels and the Christian Book Cupboard - An Attempt at a Reconstruction||p. 116|
|The Gospel as Kerygma and Narrative||p. 141|
|Conclusion: Torah and Gospel as Narratives of Two Different Saving Events||p. 158|
|Postscript: Reflections on the Logia Source and the Gospels of Luke and Matthew||p. 169|
|Chronological table||p. 208|
|Index of References to the Bible and Early Christian Writings||p. 314|
|Index of Modern Authors||p. 345|
|General Index||p. 351|
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Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 20th January 2009
Publisher: SCM Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72
Weight (kg): 0.43