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A Short Introduction to the Gospels


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For almost a century, Burton’s work in New Testament studies, Greek linguistics, Christian history, and source criticism has been lauded for its authority and influence. Head of New Testament Literature and Interpretation at the University of Chicago, Burton’s substantial contribution to Christian thought and biblical exegesis has been astounding.

In five captivating segments, Ernest DeWitt Burton provides an astute analysis of the Gospels using source criticism. Dedicating a chapter to each Gospel, Burton’s analysis divides each Gospel into four categories: “The Author of the Gospel,” “The Readers of the Gospel,” “The Purpose of the Gospel,” and “The Plan of the Gospel.” With perceptive observations and Burton’s characteristic attention to language and its meaning, A Short Introduction to the Gospels is essential to fully understanding the origin, genuineness, and inter-relationships of the Gospels.

With Burton’s customary rich prose and expansive research, these books are perceptive and exceptional in their scholarship. With the Logos Bible Software edition of Spirit, Soul, and Flesh all Scripture passages are linked to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With the advanced search features of Logos Bible Software, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of "repentance" or "forgiveness."

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  • Includes thorough appendices
  • Contains a preface by the editor, Harold R. Willoughby
This is strong meat, but the honest Bible scholar is apt to be a bit radical, for the Bible, and especially the New Testament, is a radical and revolutionary book.

The Sewanee Review

Certainly the careful student of the Gospels will find nothing in recent synoptic literature more necessary in making a thoroughly scientific study of the Gospels.

Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol. 75

  • Title: A Short Introduction to the Gospels
  • Author: Ernest DeWitt Burton
  • Editor: Harold R. Willoughby
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication Date: 1926
  • Pages: 158

Ernest DeWitt Burton (1856–1925) graduated from Denison University in 1876, then from Rochester Theological Seminary in 1882. His studies also carried him to Germany at Leipzig and Berlin. Burton taught at the seminaries in Rochester and Newton before becoming Head of the Department of New Testament Literature and Interpretation at the University of Chicago—where he was president from 1923–1925.


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