Item description for Why Four Gospels?: The Historical Origins of the Gospels by David Alan Black...
Overview In this succinct treatment of the synoptic problem, noted New Testament scholar David A. Black offers an intriguing alternative to Markan priority. In an understandable look at the historical origin of the gospel writings, he presents the "fourfold gospel hypothesis." By taking into account data within the Gospels themselves and evidence from the early church fathers, Black affirms traditional evidence that Matthew was written first, followed by Luke as its Gentile counterpart. Peter, whose recollections form the basis of Mark, provided the apostolic stamp of approval for Luke's gospel by drawing from both prior sources and bridging the gap between the two books.
1. Development Of The Gospels 2. Origins Of The Gospels 3 Making Of The Gospels 92 Pages
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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.55" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.27" Weight: 0.32 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2001
Publisher Kregel Academic & Professional
ISBN 0825420709 ISBN13 9780825420702
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More About David Alan Black
David Alan Black (D.Theol., University of Basel) is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including It's Still Greek to Me.
David Alan Black currently resides in Oxford, in the state of North Carolina. David Alan Black was born in 1959.
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Good concise introduction to the history of the gospels Mar 21, 2005
Professor Black gives the reader a short historical introduction to the origins of the Gospels. By historical, I mean a survey of the evidence of the church father's writings. While these works themselves are not inspired, they do paint a pretty consistent picture about the order of the Gospels according to Black. The first chapter is a survey of sorts, where little evidence is given. The next sections defend why he claims the books were written in the order he selects. The final chapter is a massive summary of sorts, proposing almost a CSI-style assembly of the puzzle via historical events.
What I found most interesting is the simplicity of the arguments. I for one do not believe the textual arguments of the so-called Markian Priority position (ie Mark came first), because all of the arguments I see are reversible and don't prove anything. The order he presents makes perfect sense in light of the historical arguments he proposes. Of course we may never know the exact order, but Professor Black makes a pretty good case in a short amount of space. He doesn't really talk about textual criticism, so for that information I would look elsewhere.
Why Four Gospels presents an alternative view to the main opinion of scholars, and comes with a massive bibliography. The book will give you confidence that we have all of the Gospels God intended for us to have. And he tells a great story about how the gospels came together in the Canon and gives us a great book for spring-boarding into the synoptic problem.