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What the Gospels meant

Author: Garry Wills
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the goals, methods, and styles of the evangelists and how these shaped the gospels' messages. The earliest book, Mark, emphasizes Jesus the sufferer; in Matthew, Jesus the teacher; in Luke, Jesus the reconciler; and in John, Jesus the mystic.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Garry Wills
ISBN: 9780670018710 0670018716 9780739499726 0739499726 9780143115120 014311512X
OCLC Number: 141483750
Description: 209 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Inroduction: What is a Gospel? --
Mark : report from the suffering body of Jesus --
Persecution in Syria --
Messianic signs --
Mark's artistry --
Matthew : report from the teaching body of Jesus --
Birth narrative --
Sermon on the mount --
Death and resurrection --
Luke : report from the reconciling body of Jesus --
Nativity --
A Jesus for outcasts --
A healing death --
John : report from the mystical body of Jesus --
Word into world --
The inner life --
Life out of death --
Epilogue: How to read the Gospels.
Responsibility: Garry Wills.
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Abstract:

Examines the goals, methods, and styles of the evangelists and how these shaped the gospels' messages. The earliest book, Mark, emphasizes Jesus the sufferer; in Matthew, Jesus the teacher; in Luke, Jesus the reconciler; and in John, Jesus the mystic.

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by stamref (WorldCat user on 2008-04-21)

Regardless of your religious views, this is a beautiful book. Wills looks at each gospel and puts much into historical context: Mark, the first, was not so much a book for the ages as one dealing with immediate local concerns of the faithful, and lays open the rift between the siblings of Christ and other Church members. The writing on Matthew and the Beatitudes and the Antitheses is some of the strongest in the book, with Wills driving home the point that the message of Christ was built on one's intentions and internal integrity and not on one's adherence to external forms and coventional thinking. Good take on the Golden Rule, where he shows how Quakers used it to argue against salvery, as well as on the Prodigal son from Luke, which is something I have never undertsood or agreed with until reading Wills's comments,which puts it into the historical context of the struggle between Jew and Gentile to claim and direct the early movement. You also get a sense of Christ's compassion for women. And although he does not mention the Buddha, you can't help, for all the world, not to see how the teachings of the Buddha and Christ are twisted together like a pretzel.

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