Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-13
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In this book respected New Testament scholar Pheme Perkins delivers a clear, fresh, informed introduction to the earliest written accounts of Jesus Matthew, Mark, and Luke situating those canonical Gospels within the wider world of oral storytelling and literary production of the first and second centuries. Cutting through the media confusion over new Gospel finds, Perkinss Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels presents a balanced, responsible look at how the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke came to be and what they mean.

Author Biography

Pheme Perkins is professor of New Testament in the Theology Department at Boston College. Among her many published books re Reading the New Testament, Gnosticism and the New Testament, Galatians and the Politics of Faith, and Peter: Apostle for the Whole Church.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. ix
General Bibliographyp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
What is a Gospelp. 1
Ancient Biographyp. 2
Gospels and Apostles-A Key Combinationp. 11
Mark's Innovation: Framing the Ministry and the Passionp. 17
Matthew and Luke Improve on the Modelp. 18
Note: Alternate Suggestions for Genrep. 23
Note: The Four-Gospel Canonp. 26
Books and Believers in Early Christianityp. 31
Early Christianity as an Explosion of Textsp. 32
How Books Were Writtenp. 37
How the Gospel Texts Have Come Down to Usp. 41
When Texts Differ: What the Text Critic Contributesp. 43
The Septuagint: Scripture Cited in the Gospelsp. 47
Marcion and the Idea of a Second-Century ˘Canon÷p. 51
The Quest for Sourcesp. 54
From a Synopsis: Comparing the Synoptic Gospelsp. 56
From Q and the Gospel of Thomas to Sayings Gospelsp. 67
Qp. 85
Is it a Gospel?p. 85
Strata in Qp. 90
The Community Responsible for Qp. 92
Form Criticismp. 96
The Shape and Function of Sayings and Storiesp. 96
Sayings Materialp. 98
Parables and Similitudesp. 105
Miracle Storiesp. 114
The Passion Narrativep. 119
The Gospel of Peter and the Development of the Passion Narrativep. 121
Reading Mark's Gospelp. 126
From Beginning to End: Mark's Narrative Shapep. 127
Literary Features of Mark's Narrativep. 133
Characters in the Gospelp. 142
Jesus in Mark's Gospelp. 149
The Community Implied in Mark's Narrativep. 153
Endings Added to the Gospel of Markp. 156
A Secret Version of Mark?p. 158
Reading Matthew's Gospelp. 164
From Beginning to End: Matthew's Narrative Shapep. 166
Literary Features in Matthew's Narrativep. 176
Characters in the Gospelp. 181
Jesus in Matthew's Gospelp. 189
The Community Implied in Matthew's Narrativep. 193
Jewish Christian Gospel Traditionsp. 197
Reading Luke's Gospelp. 202
From Beginning to End: Luke's Narrative Shapep. 204
Literary Features of Luke's Narrativep. 213
Characters in the Gospelp. 221
Jesus in Luke's Gospelp. 232
The Community Implied in Luke's Narrativep. 240
Mary Traditions and Other Infancy Gospelsp. 244
The Reception and Revision of the Gospel of Lukep. 250
Gospels from the Second and Third Centuriesp. 254
A Mixture of Traditions: Oral and Writtenp. 256
Apocryphal Gospels and Reading the Synopticsp. 262
Gnostic ˘Gospels÷ from the Second and Third Centuriesp. 268
The Gospel of Judasp. 278
P. Berol. 22220: The ˘Gospel of the Savior÷p. 281
The Question of Genre Revisitedp. 287
Index of modern authorsp. 294
Index of subjectsp. 296
Index of ancient sourcesp. 300
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