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.
“‘What was the gospel according to Jesus?’ And, is the gospel preached today by the Church the same message Jesus preached? Why, then, are there so few references to ‘Kingdom of God’ and fewer still to the rigors of discipleship in Christian proclamation? The answer: the gospel today is in need of redefinition because it is gospel that has wandered away from its Lord’s original definition and articulation.” (Page 11)
“Modern Synoptic specialists examine three dimensions of the Synoptic story: they look through the window of the story to find what really happened in history, they look at the window and its frame to recognize the narrative art of the author/authors in shaping the story, and they stare at the window to find the reflection of their own self and world and story.” (Page 13)
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.