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Who chose the Gospels? : probing the great Gospel conspiracy

Author: Charles E Hill
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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The Bible contains four Gospels which tell the story of Jesus of Nazareth. And yet, many more Gospels once existed. Who, then, determined which Gospels would, for the next two thousand years, serve as the main gateways to Jesus and his teaching? Recent books and films have traced the decision to a series of fourth-century councils and powerful bishops. After achieving victory over their rivals for the Christian  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles E Hill
ISBN: 9780199551231 0199551235 9780199640294 0199640297
OCLC Number: 587229780
Description: xi, 295 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction : drowning in a sea of Gospels --
The proof is in the papyri? : Gospel bestsellers from Egyptian garbage dumps --
Silencing the Bishop, part I : the lonely Irenaeus --
Silencing the Bishop, part II : the ugly Irenaeus --
Irenaeus' 'co-conspirators' : a teacher, a preacher, and a canon-list maker --
'Packaging" the Gospels : of harmonies, synopses, and codices --
Preaching and teaching the Gospels : Justin Martyr and the Apostles' memoirs --
Justin's 'co-conspirators' : the Gospels as public documents --
Some 'proto-conspirators' : two forgers and an apologist --
Some 'co-proto-conspirators' : the Apostolic Fathers --
The search for an 'arch-conspirator' : a bishop, an elder, and an elderly Apostle --
Who chose the Gospels? --
Appendix : dates of the earliest manuscripts of the canonical Gospels.
Responsibility: C.E. Hill.


How did the Church get Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John instead of Thomas, Mary, Peter, and Judas? C. E. Hill presents evidence for how and why, despite the numerous Gospels that appeared in the  Read more...
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To anyone rightly confused by what they read in some papers and often see on television, Prof. Hill's book will be a revealing, and perhaps even reassuring, read. The Irish Catholic A magnificent, Read more...

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