The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ

Why did the church, in forming its canon of scripture, choose to include four different and sometimes contradictory accounts of the life of Jesus, when others, like Tatian and Marcion, opted for a harmony, for one account Professor Hengel examines the external historical evidence for the creation of the Gospels by those documenting the early church, like Papias and IreneuWhy did the church, in forming its canon of scripture, choose to include four different and sometimes contradictory accounts of the life of Jesus, when others, like Tatian and Marcion, opted for a harmony, for one account Professor Hengel examines the external historical evidence for the creation of the Gospels by those documenting the early church, like Papias and Ireneus He also analyzes the origin of the uniform title Gospel according to and the process of dissemination of the gospel He concludes that whether for the evangelists or for Paul, the gospel is both narrative and proclamation Despite the problems caused by the different forms in which the gospel has come down to us, this very multiplicity remains a source of strength for the church Martin Hengel is Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism at the University of Tubingen.
The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ Why did the church in forming its canon of scripture choose to include four different and sometimes contradictory accounts of the life of Jesus when others like Tatian and Marcion opted for a har

  • Title: The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Author: Martin Hengel
  • ISBN: 9781563383007
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ”

    1. Hengel's book is rather dense, one which should only be tackled by the most serious students of the New Testament. The premise of the book is the exploration of the question of the term "Gospel". Specifically, how did Christians go from using the term "Gospel" (a salvific message of Christ's redemption) to speaking of four "Gospels" (a genre of religious biography). Hengel's thesis is that the Gospels as we understand them should be considered "kerygmatic biographies"; biographies which must be [...]

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