- Title Pages
- General Editors' Preface
- Key Passages Discussed
- List of Abbreviations
- Part I Unity and Pluralism in New Testament Studies Today
- 1 Is There a Centre to the New Testament?
- 2 The New Testament Canon and the Techniques of Modern Scholarship
- 3 Ways Proposed toward New Testament Unity
- Part II Jesus, the Gospels, and Paul: Major Voices in Emerging Christian Faith
- 4 Jesus of Nazareth as Starting-Point
- 5 The Witness of the Four Gospels
- 6 Pauline Theology
- Part III The Many Other Voices of Faith Within the Chorus of the New Testament Canon
- 7 Introducing the Other New Testament Books
- 8 The Pauline School: Colossians, Ephesians, and 2 Thessalonians, Paulinists during and after Paul's Lifetime
- 9 The Pauline School: Three ‘Pastoral’ Epistles to Timothy and Titus, to Further Faith and Order in the Household of God
- 10 1 Peter: Apostolic Exhortation to Living Hope, Confidence, and Holiness, wwdfcr Pressure
- 11 Enigmatic Hebrews: A Rhetorical Appeal for Steadfast Faith in our Great High Priest and in the Better Covenant
- 12 The Wisdom of James: Practical Remarks on Faith, Life, and Other Topics
- 13 The Johannine Line of Development: Three Letters
- 14 The Johannine Line of Development: Revelation
- 15 Two Blunt Apologists for Early Christianity: Jude and 2 Peter
- 16 Another Look at Luke's ‘Acts of the Apostles’: History? Theology? Narrative? Canonical Connective?
- Part IV The Oneness of the Many in New Testament Faith
- 17 Will a Centre Hold?
- Part I: Unity and Pluralism in New Testament Studies Today
- Part II: Jesus, The Gospels, and Paul
- Part III: The Many Other Voices of Faith Within the Chorus of the New Testament Canon
- Part IV: The Oneness of the Many in New Testament Faith
- Index of Passages Cited
- Index of Chief Themes in New Testament Thought
The Witness of the Four Gospels
The Witness of the Four Gospels
- (p.47) 5 The Witness of the Four Gospels
- Variety and Unity in New Testament Thought
- Oxford University Press
In the years between the death of Jesus and the gospel-writing period, sayings from Jesus, stories about him, collections of parables or miracle stories, glimpses of the Passion, and resurrection experiences had been told, heard, and eagerly told. For centuries, Christianity assumed the priority of Matthew as the first gospel book to be written and the historical eyewitness value of John. After all, both were held to be by ‘apostles’. Throughout this account Matthew lays strong emphasis on continuity. The message preached by John the Baptist, Jesus, and the disciples is the same, about the kingdom at hand. The achievement of Matthew's Gospel was to take up the Jesus story, as presented by Mark and supplemented from sayings out of teaching material, and anchor it more firmly in Scripture, God's broad plan, and the church's mission, with a call for ethical rigour before God.
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