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Gospel Origins Collection (5 vols.)


The Gospel Origins Collection highlights a number of fascinating issues concerning the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

The five volumes investigate the poetic nature of the Beatitudes in Matthew, a political reading of Matthew, the earliest records of the Jesus’ teachings, and more. Ample space is also given to the “Synoptic Problem” and possible ways to consider the interrelation of the three gospels. And rounding out the collection is an introduction to the Synoptic Gospels, a volume that will prove helpful to the novice as well as the seasoned scholar.

Product Details

  • Title: Gospel Origins Collection
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press and T&T Clark
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,900

Individual Titles

Matthew, Poet of the Beatitudes

  • Author: H. Benedict Green
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 352

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Green argues that the Beatitudes in Matthew's version are a carefully constructed poem, exhibiting a number of the characteristics of Hebrew poetry as we know it from the Old Testament. However, as certain of these characteristics, such as rhyme and alliteration, cannot survive translation, what we have here is an original composition in Greek.

This is shown to be no isolated phenomenon in the gospel. A series of texts found at specially significant points in it disclose similar characteristics. The findings cut across conventional source attributions and reveal the creative hand of the evangelist. By studying the individual beatitudes in their relation to each other as revealed by the formal structure, fresh light is thrown upon their meaning and their background in the scriptures of the Old Testament.

H. Benedict Green was formerly Principal, College of the Resurrection, Mirfield and Associate Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds.

Rethinking the Gospel Sources: From Proto-Mark to Mark

  • Author: Delbert Burkett
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 256

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Burkett offers a fresh reading of the much-debated “Synoptic Problem.” He contends that each theory regarding the Synoptic Problem is contentious. Each presents a case for the mutual dependence of one source upon another—for example, Matthew and Luke depend primarily on Mark, but use each other where they report the same story not contained already in Mark. Neither Mark nor Matthew nor Luke served as the source for the other two, but all depended on a set of earlier sources now lost. The relations between the Synoptic Gospels are more complex than the simpler theories have assumed.

Delbert Burkett is Associate Professor of New Testament at Louisiana State University and the author of The Son of Man Debate: A History and Evaluation and An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity.

Jesus, Mark and Q: The Teaching of Jesus and Its Earliest Records

  • Editors: Michael Labahn and Andreas Schmidt
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 296

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The first part of this collection is devoted to one of the key questions of the “Synoptic Problem”: the literary and Christological relationship between Mark and Q. The second part deals with the “Third Quest” for the historical Jesus, concentrating on his teaching and its cultural context. These interrelated themes each attract detailed analysis of their methodology as well as their impact on New Testament studies generally, providing a very useful introduction to the state of research in these important fields.

Michael Labahn is Wissenchaftlicher Assistant for New Testament at Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

Andreas Schmidt is Lutheran Pastor of St Maritius, Dissen, Germany.

Matthew and the Margins: A Socio-Political and Religious Reading

  • Author: Warren Carter
  • Series: Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 636

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This detailed commentary presents the Gospel of Matthew as a counter-narrative, showing that it is a work of resistance written from and for a minority community of disciples committed to Jesus, the agent of God's saving presence. It was written and functions to shape the identity and lifestyle of the early community of Jesus' followers as an alternative community that can resist the dominant authorities both in Rome and in the synagogue. The Gospel anticipates the time when Jesus will return and establish God's reign over all, including the powers in Rome.

Breaking Matthew into five narrative blocks, Carter presents a line by line commentary, considering historical, literary, cultural and ecclesial factors present at the time of the writing. These themes, accompanied by a survey of their studies on Matthew, are outlined in his masterful introduction.

Warren Carter is Pherigo Professor of New Testament at the St Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri.

Synoptic Gospels

  • Authors: John K. Riches, William R. Telford and Christopher Tuckett
  • Editor: Scot McKnight
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 359

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In this volume, Scot McKnight writes an introduction to the Synoptic Gospels as a whole, illuminating their distinctive historical and theological features and their importance within the New Testament canon. Afterwards, three New Testament scholars offer study guides for the Synoptic Gospels; Christopher M. Tuckett writes on Luke, W. R. Telford on Mark, and John Riches on Matthew. Highly readable, this volume is recommended to the New Testament student, as well as anyone interested in the background and content of the Synoptic Gospels.

Scot McKnight (Ph.D. University of Nottingham) is Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University, Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of numerous books on the New Testament, including the bestselling The Jesus Creed.

John K. Riches is Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism Emeritus, University of Glasgow.

William R. Telford is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies (Christian Origins and the New Testament) at the University of Newcastle, England.

Christopher Tuckett is Professor in New Testament in the University of Oxford.