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Gathering Interest
Augsburg Fortress Studies in the Gospels Collection (8 vols.)
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Overview

The Augsburg Fortress Studies in the Gospels Collection presents recent scholarly treatments of Jesus, the Gospels, and Christian literature. It brings attention to parables studies, concentrating on the parables in their Gospel contexts, illustrating current interpretation methods, and synthesizing literary analysis’ evolution. The collection includes an analysis of Q, a collection of Jesus’ sayings, providing insight on contemporary research, study methods, presuppositions, and theological and theoretical issues. It introduces the content, contexts, and structure surrounding the Gospels and examines various traditions and practices that shaped them and other early Christian literature. One volume focuses on synoptic miracle stories’ structure, reproduction, and function.

The Logos Bible Software edition of the Augsburg Fortress Studies in the Gospels Collection is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of the Gospels. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about the Gospels, Christian literature, and Jesus’ parables and miracles.

Key Features

  • Provides contemporary New Testament research
  • Analyzes the Gospels and Christian literature in their social, religious, and political contexts
  • Includes fresh insights on Jesus’ parables and miracles

Individual Titles

Excavating Q: The History and Setting of the Sayings Gospel

  • Author: John S. Kloppenborg Verbin
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 416

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In this tour de force, the author offers a comprehensive introduction to the study of Q, the collection of Jesus’ sayings long hypothesized as the source for the canonical gospels of Matthew and Luke. Part one deals with the methods for studying Q, their presuppositions, and a survey of current research. Part two addresses more theological and theoretical issues relevant to the Synoptic Problem, Q as a document, its redaction, and its social setting.

Whilst it is designed in part to introduce readers to the subject, this book is in fact much more than this. It is a fascinating analysis of and reflection upon the current state of the debates about Q, and it pilots the way ahead for future debate. The social location of the Q people within Galilee, their distinctive theology and relation to Cynics, and the way in which Q raises questions about the historical Jesus will challenge scholars of all levels. It is essential reading for all interested in Christian origins.

—Ronald A. Piper, professor of Christian origins, University of St. Andrews

Excavating Q is a major synthesis, providing a meaningful integration of literary, archaeological, social, and theological concerns. By drawing together threads in the current discussion about the historical Jesus, first-century Galilee, and Q, Kloppenborg Verbin steps into the forefront of the discussion. This work makes lasting contributions to our understanding of the synoptic tradition and the social history of Jewish and Christian origins.

Douglas E. Oakman, professor of New Testament, Pacific Lutheran University

Having launched the current resurgence of interest in Q with the publication of The Formation of Q, Kloppenborg Verbin rode the crest of the Q movement as leader of the International Q Project; and now with his masterpiece, Excavating Q, he brings in the harvest of Q studies. This is without a doubt the most thorough, wide-reaching, and convincing analysis of Q, tracing the course of Q since its discovery in 1838 down through its central position in the new dimensions of theology for the coming millennium. From now on, Excavating Q is required reading for anyone wanting to discuss Q.

James M. Robinson, emeritus professor of religion, Claremont Graduate University

John S. Kloppenborg Verbin is chair of the Department and Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. His publications include The Formation of Q, Q Parallels: Synopsis, Critical Notes, and Concordance, The Shape of Q, Conflict and Invention: Literary, Rhetorical, and Social Studies on the Sayings Gospel Q, and Excavating Q: The History and Setting of the Sayings Gospel. He is also co-director of the International Q Project and the co-editor of The Critical Edition of Q.

Fortress Introduction to the Gospels

  • Author: Mark Allan Powell
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 192

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With clarity and verve, Mark Allan Powell describes the contents and structure of the Gospels, their distinctive characteristics, and their major themes. An introductory chapter surveys the political, religious, and social world of the Gospels, methods of approaching early Christian texts, the genre of the Gospels, and the religious character of these writings. Included also are comments on the Gospels that are not found in the New Testament. Special features, including illustrations and more than two dozen special topics, enhance this convenient volume.

A reliable and lucid description of contemporary Gospel studies for the general reader. Mark Powell writes so clearly that this book will easily serve for individual study and church groups as well as a text in introductory bible courses.

Pheme Perkins, professor, Boston College

In relatively small compass, Mark Powell has managed to present the information that is essential to a sound understanding of the origin and nature of the Gospels. This little gem of a book is enhanced by numerous charts and diagrams, making it an ideal classroom textbook.

Donald A. Hagner, Emeritus George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

Mark Allan Powell is a Lutheran pastor and the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman Professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. He is also one of the authors of Opening the Book of Faith.

From Jesus to the Gospels: Interpreting the New Testament in Its Context

  • Author: Helmut Koester
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 328

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Helmut Koester, one of today’s foremost New Testament scholars, offers a lifetime’s insights into the message of the historical Jesus and the traditions, practices, and trajectories that shaped the Gospels and other early Christian literature including “Q” and the Gnostic Gospels.

Helmut Koester is the John H. Morison Research Professor of Divinity and the Winn Research Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and chair of the New Testament Board of the Hermeneia commentary series. He is editor of numerous volumes in the Hermeneia series as well as Cities of Paul: Images and Interpretations from the Harvard New Testament and author of Paul and His World: Interpreting the New Testament in Its Context.

The Gospel in Parable: Metaphor, Narrative, and Theology in the Synoptic Gospels

  • Author: John R. Donahue
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 256

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Professor Donahue here argues that “the parables of Jesus” offer a Gospel in miniature, while at the same time giving shape, direction, and meaning to the Gospels in which they appear. “To study the parables of the Gospels is to study the gospel in parable.” After surveying recent discussions of parable, metaphor, and narrative, Donahue examines and interprets the parables of Mark, Matthew, and Luke as texts in the context of the theology of each of these Gospels. Finally, he outlines what “The Gospel in Parable” looks like and offers suggestions for the proclamation of parables today.

Rarely does one find a book of equal interest to scholar and preacher. This is one. Scholar and preacher will be interested in a book that in exceptionally clear prose adroitly balances current methods of parable interpretation in order to understand the parables in their various contexts that they may be proclaimed again in our context.

—Sallie McFague, distinguished theologian in residence, Vancouver School of Theology

Among the many fine books on the New Testament parables in recent years, Donahue’s work stands out for its concentration on the meaning of the parables in their Gospel contexts. His clear and orderly interpretations are based on a thorough mastery of contemporary scholarship. Students and scholars alike can learn much about the parables and the Synoptic Gospels from this mature study.

Daniel J. Harrington, professor, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

John R. Donahue is emeritus professor of New Testament at the Jesuit School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.

Hear Then the Parable: A Commentary on the Parables of Jesus

  • Author: Bernard Brandon Scott
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 476

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By building on the labors of such illustrious predecessors as Adolf Jülicher, C. H. Dodd, and Joachim Jeremias, as well as the modern findings of Robert Funk, Dan Via, and John Dominic Crossan, Scott provides the most encyclopedic account of the parables in years. Hear Then the Parable is an innovative literary-social reading of all the parables of Jesus.

Bernard Brandon Scott’s Hear Then the Parable is a superb synthesis of where we have come from in terms of literary analysis and where we are going in terms of social analysis.

John Dominic Crossan, president, Society of Biblical Literature

Hear Then the Parable is the most comprehensive study of the parables in half a century. Scott’s reading of the parables is filled with flashes of brilliant insight. Everyone who interprets the parables—in pulpit, classroom, or personal study—will want to own the book.

David Buttrick, Emeritus Drucilla Buffington Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Bernard Brandon Scott is the Darbeth Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Phillips Graduate Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Miracle Stories of the Early Christian Tradition

  • Author: Gerd Theissen
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 334

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A fascinating study of the synoptic miracle stories which looks at their structure, reproduction, and function.

This is an impressive book. [Theissen] makes use of form criticism, structural analysis, sociological analysis, and history of religious studies to probe the miracle stories in the synoptic Gospels, and he offers fresh perspectives on them. . . . It charts a new course, and all further work on the miracles stories will have to contend with it.

Arland Hultgren, emeritus professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Theissen is a pioneer who casts his net wide. . . . Those who preach on the miracle stories can gain a great deal from Theissen’s analysis, yet another excellent contribution to the social-scientific study of religion from a talented scholar.

Anglican Theological Review

The exegete who has been toiling closely on the texts of the synoptic miracle stories will find that this book provides a helpful perspective on the larger hermeneutical issues from the vantage point of structuralism.

David Tiede, emeritus president, Luther Seminary

[This] study is sophisticated, informative, and methodologically progressive. It will be indispensable for further research on the synoptic miracle stories.

Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Gerd Theissen is a professor of New Testament theology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and author of The Religion of the Earliest Churches and The Shadow of the Galilean. He is coauthor of The Historical Jesus: A Comprehensive Guide and coeditor of The Social Setting of Jesus and the Gospels.

The Parables of Jesus: Recovering the Art of Listening

  • Author: Richard Q. Ford
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 192

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In this startlingly original interpretation, Ford explores seven of the longer parables attributed to Jesus. Bypassing the assumption that the superior character represents God and the subordinate one the Christian believer, Ford focuses instead on how persons, long separated by inequality, are called upon to collaborate.

Drawing on his own psychotherapy training, Ford offers novel insights into ways the characters persist in their mutual misunderstandings. He then shows how Jesus’ stories envelop listeners in these same distortions, only to lure them—and ourselves—into the work of imagining reconciliation.

One feature makes this book special, another makes it extraordinary. It is not new for biblical scholars to move into realms of psychotherapy where they walk as amateurs. It is much more novel for a professional psychotherapist to move into biblical studies with enough preparation to be far beyond amateur standing. But it is this book’s subtitle that makes it extraordinary. It is about the lost art of ‘listening,’ about dialogues rather than twin simultaneous monologues, about personal and social interaction, especially in cases of inequality. With care, delicacy, and tenderness, Richard Ford listens to parable characters reacting to one another, imagines client and therapist in analogous situations, and teaches us all to shut up long enough to hear another’s voice.

John Dominic Crossan, president, Society of Biblical Literature

Ford’s interpretation of the parables is provocative and creative . . . Preachers will find here loads of fresh approaches to texts that seem to have been preached to death.

Robert Kysar, emeritus professor of preaching and New Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Richard Q. Ford is a clinical psychologist in the private practice of psychotherapy in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Power in Weakness: New Hearing for Gospel Stories of Healing and Discipleship

  • Author: Frederick Houk Borsch
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 1983
  • Pages: 156

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Power in Weakness provides profound meditations on the healing stories of Jesus from one of the church’s most gifted preacher-poets.

Borsch helps us feel our way into the text. . . . We experience the healing of a dumb man from within the consciousness of the tormented victim. We climb inside the skin of Andrew and feel his smug contempt for pagans and Gentiles, and his impatience with the Syrophoenician woman. With the flick of the writer’s pen, we are that desperate woman. Served up with substantial biblical and theological commentary and laced with engaging experiences from the author’s life, these stories bridge the gap between past history and contemporary interests and invite us to further study and reflection.

—Jerry K. Robbins, emeritus campus pastor, West Virginia University

This is a ‘comforting’ book in the original meaning of the word. Like Elijah we are strengthened for the journey which we must of necessity make. We may not know exactly where we are going, but it is good to know that we have this kind of company along the way.

Anglican Theological Review

When one first picks up this book one feels enriched by being in the presence of an exceptional storyteller. . . . Borsch has given us much more than a book of stories. He has significantly closed the gap between the preacher and the scholar.

St Luke’s Journal of Theology

Frederick H. Borsch was an Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles from 1988 to 2002. He currently serves as a professor of New Testament and chair of Anglican studies at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. A frequent contributor to Proclamation, he is author of Many Things in Parables and Outrage and Hope, among other books.

Product Details

  • Title: Augsburg Fortress Studies in the Gospels Collection
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Volumes: 8
  • Pages: 2,350