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Cambridge Companion to the Gospels (Stephen C Barton) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 9780521002615
Cambridge Companion to the Gospels (Stephen C Barton) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 9780521002615
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Title: Cambridge Companion to the Gospels

Author: Barton, Stephen C

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521002615

Volumes: 1; Pages: 312

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The four gospels are a central part of the Christian canon of scripture. In the faith of Christians, this canon constitutes a life-giving witness to who God is and what it means to be truly human. This volume treats the gospels not just as historical sources, but also as crucial testimony to the life of God made known in Jesus Christ. This approach helps to overcome the sometimes damaging split between critical gospel study and questions of theology, ethics and the life of faith. The essays are by acknowledged experts in a range of theological disciplines. The first section considers what are appropriate ways of reading the gospels given the kinds of texts they are. The second, central section covers the contents of the gospels. The third section looks at the impact of the gospels in church and society across history and up to the present day.

* The contributors include not only New Testament specialists, but also theologians and ethicists

* The essays address subjects not usually covered in standard introductions to the gospels, including their impact on Christian lives, spirituality and worship, literature and the arts

* Interdisciplinary and international, the book will be of interest to an unusually wide audience, including theology students, religious professionals, academics, and theologically literate lay people


Part I. Approaching the Gospels--Hermeneutical and Methodological Considerations

1. What is a gospel? Loveday Alexander

2. The fourfold gospels Francis Watson

3. The canonical matrix of the gospels Walter Moberly

4. The gospels and 'the historical Jesus' Stephen Fowl

5. The gospels and the reader Sandra Schneiders

Part II. The Gospels as Witnesses to Christ--The Contents of the Gospels

6. Matthew: Jesus as royal son of God Dale Allison

7. Mark: Jesus as suffering son of man Richard Hays

8. Luke: Jesus as saviour and lord Luke T. Johnson

9. John: Jesus as the way to the Father Marianne Meye Thompson

Part III. The Afterlife of the Gospels--The Gospels in Church and Society

10. The gospels and the development of doctrine Rowan Greer

11. The gospels embodied: the lives of saints and martyrs Andrew Louth

12. Praying the gospels: spirituality and worship Gordon Wakefield

13. Living the gospels: morality and politics Stephen Barton

14. Showing the gospels: Jesus in literature and the arts Colin Crowder.
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