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Fortress Introduction to the Gospels
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Fortress Introduction to the Gospels


Fortress Press 1998

Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.


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.

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Key Features

  • Provides contemporary New Testament research
  • Analyzes the Gospels in their social, religious, and political contexts
  • Portrays four pictures of Jesus in the Gospels


  • The World of the Gospels
  • Genre
  • Sermons in Story Form
  • From Jesus to Us
  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Gospel of Matthew
  • The Gospel of Luke
  • The Gospel of John

Praise for the Print Edition

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

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About Mark Allan Powell

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 the author of Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey, God with Us: A Pastoral Theology of Matthew’s Gospel, and Giving to God: The Bible’s Good News about Living a Generous Life.

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