As ancient documents, the New Testament Gospels can seem distant from contemporary life or irrelevant to modern society. Further complicating the task of reading the Gospels is the way they seem to introduce differing, if not competing, pictures of Jesus. Reading the Gospels Today is meant to help Bible readers understand—and move beyond—the difficulties involved in interpreting Scripture in our current context.
In these insightful studies several biblical scholars explore the content of the Gospels while also discussing how to read these writings in relation to each other and in terms of today’s world. Some chapters consider issues that vex Gospel criticism; others look at particular texts or Synoptic themes; still others demonstrate how one’s immediate interpretive context helps to raise the issues and shape the answers that are found when we read the Gospels. Well organized, thoughtfully written, and widely accessible, this volume will serve to draw readers into the exciting field of contemporary Gospels study.
Contributions to this volume include:
- "Introduction: Reading the Gospels as a Hermeneutical Issue," Stanley Porter
- "Sorting Out the Synoptic Problem: Why an Old Approach Is Still Best," Craig A. Evans
- "Reading the Gospels and the Quest for the Historical Jesus," Stanley Porter
- "Reading Matthew: The Gospel as Oral Performance," Michael Knowles
- "Reading Mark 11:12–25 from a Korean Perspective," Yong-Eui Yang
- "Salvation Today: Reading Luke's Message for a Gentile Audience," Allan Martens
- "Reading John: The Fourth Gospel under Modern and Postmodern Interrogation," Andrew T. Lincoln
- "The Gospels in Early Christianity: Their Origin, Use and Authority," Lee Martin McDonald
- "Reading the Gospels Canonically: A Methodological Dialogue with Brevard Childs," Al Wolters
Praise for the Print Edition
These eight writers each bring a measure of common sense to a field sometimes plagued by technical jargon and faddism. Their no-nonsense approach should make this book a valuable supplementary text for beginning or advanced students of the Gospels in colleges and seminaries.
- Title: Reading the Gospels Today
- Editor: Stanley Porter
- Publisher: Eerdmans
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 229
About Stanley Porter
Stanley Porter is president, dean, and professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of several books, including Idioms of the Greek New Testament, Verbal Aspect in the Greek of the New Testament, Paul in Acts, and The Criteria for Authenticity in Historical-Jesus Research. Porter is also the editor of more than forty other books.