Robert Stein examines the literary relationships of the Synoptic Gospels, the preliterary history of the oral traditions of Jesus, and the canonization of the gospel traditions. This text is an essential resource for teachers and students, providing a succinct, lucid, and comprehensive introduction to the most complex problems of interpreting the gospels.
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This book is highly recommended for all students of the Gospels, but especially for those entrusted with the exposition and proclamation of the Word.
—David A. deSilva, Ashland Theological Journal
A clear and effective presentation of modern synoptic criticism . . . a good example of what evangelical critical scholars can do with the dominant techniques of synoptic analysis.
—J. W. Scott, Westminster Theological Journal
I whole heartedly recommend this book to all teachers of religion and to the general reader who takes his reading of the Gospels seriously.
—Lawrence O'Keefe, O.S.B., Faith
Robert H. Stein was senior professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously taught at Bethel Seminary. A world-renowned scholar of the Synoptic Gospels, he is the author of several books, including Jesus the Messiah, Mark in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, and Luke in the New American Commentary series.