Studying the Synoptic Gospels : Origin and Interpretation

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-06-01
  • Publisher: Baker Academic

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A substantial introduction to basic issues of interpretation for students of the Synoptic Gospels

Author Biography

Robert H. Stein (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Mildred Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous works, including A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible and Luke in the New American Commentary series.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition 11(2)
Preface to the First Edition 13(2)
Abbreviations 15(2)
Introduction 17(12)
Early Comparisons of the Gospels
The Development of Gospel ``Synopses''
Part 1: The Literary Relationship of the Synoptic Gospels
The Literary Interdependence of the Synoptic Gospels
Agreement in Wording
Agreement in Order
Agreement in Parenthetical Material
Luke 1:1-4
Unusual Literary Agreements
The Priority of Mark
Mark's Shortness: The Argument from Length
Mark's Poorer Writing Style: The Argument from Grammar
Mark's Harder Readings
The Lack of Matthew-Luke Agreements against Mark: The Argument from Verbal Agreements
The Lack of Matthew-Luke Agreements against Mark: The Argument from Order
Literary Agreements
The Argument from Redaction
Mark's More Primitive Theology
The Existence of Q
Did Luke Know Matthew?
Was Q a Written Source?
The Matthew-Luke Agreements against Mark
Matthew-Luke Agreements in Omission
Matthew-Luke Agreements in Grammar and Editing
The Most Significant Matthew-Luke Agreements
Explanations for the Matthew-Luke Agreements
The ``Solution'' to the Synoptic Problem
The Griesbach Hypothesis
The Priority of Mark and Q
The Value of Source Criticism
Source Criticism and Historical Criticism
Source Criticism and Redaction Criticism
Source Criticism and Hermeneutics in General
Part 2: The Preliterary History of the Gospel Traditions
The Rise and Presuppositions of Form Criticism
The Rise of Form Criticism
The Presuppositions of Form Criticism
The General Reliability of the Oral Transmission of the Gospel Traditions
Gospel Materials That Witness to the Traditions' Faithful Transmission
The Early Church's High View of Tradition
The Role of Eyewitnesses in Transmitting the Gospel Traditions
A Sitz im Leben for the Gospel Traditions in Jesus' Ministry
Other Considerations Favoring the Gospel Traditions' General Reliability
The Value of Form Criticism
The Gospels Are Not Chronological Biographies
Much of the Gospel Material Originally Circulated as Independent Units
The Gospel Material Was Preserved for Its Religious Value
The Evangelists' Editorial Work Is Seen More Clearly
Jesus' Ipsissima Verba
Interpretative Insights from Form Criticism
Homiletical and Didactic Insights from Form Criticism
Light on the Early Church
Part 3: The Inscripturation of the Gospel Traditions
The Rise of Redaction Criticism
The Method and Practice of Redaction Criticism
Luke 5:17-18-Jesus the Healer
The Holy Spirit in Luke
The Lukan Emphasis on Prayer
Matthew 13:10-17, 18-19, 23-The Need to Understand
The Matthean Fulfillment Quotations
Matthew 18:12-14-A Matthean Application of a Jesus Tradition
Markan Redaction Criticism
Mark 8:31-10:45-Following Jesus
The Value of Redaction Criticism
The Evangelists as Interpreters of Tradition
The Gospels as Wholes
The Meaning of the Gospels
The Entire History of the Gospel Traditions
The Quest of the Historical Jesus
Hermeneutical Insights
Glossary 281(4)
Subject Index 285(4)
Author Index 289(4)
Scripture Index 293

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