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Gospel writing : a canonical perspective

Author: Francis Watson
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013.
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That there are four canonical versions of the one gospel story is often seen as a problem for Christian faith: where gospels multiply, so too do apparent contradictions that may seem to undermine their truth claims. In Gospel Writing Francis Watson argues that differences and tensions between canonical gospels represent opportunities for theological reflection, not problems for apologetics. Watson presents the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis Watson
ISBN: 9780802840547 080284054X
OCLC Number: 806521922
Description: xiii, 665 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: PART I : THE ECLIPSE OF THE FOURFOLD GOSPEL. Augustine's ambiguous legacy --
Dismantling the canon : Lessing/Reimarus --
PART II : REFRAMING GOSPEL ORIGINS. The coincidences of Q --
Luke the interpreter --
Thomas versus Q --
Interpreting a Johannine source (Jn, GEger) --
Reinterpreting in Parallel (Jn, GTh, GPet) --
PART III : THE CANONICAL CONSTRUCT. The East : limiting plurality --
The West : towards consensus --
Origen : canonical hermeneutics --
Image, symbol, liturgy --
In lieu of a conclusion: seven theses on Jesus and the canonical Gospel.
Responsibility: Francis Watson.

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Simon Gathercole-- University of Cambridge"A wonderfully wide-ranging book, full of learning and insight. One of the most significant books on the gospels in the last hundred years, this work will Read more...

 
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