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Ancient Christian Gospels [Paperback]

By Helmut Koester (Author) & Almut Koester (Author)
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Koester's handbook---winner of the 1991 BAR Award for Best Book Relating to the New Testament---is quickly becoming the standard text for studying the tradition and history of early Christian Gospel literature. He discusses more than a dozen Gospel writings from the first two centuries, including the four canonical Gospels as well as many noncanonical writings (the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocrypha of James, the Gospel of Mary, and others). The clearly written text includes technical details about manuscripts and attestations

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In this magisterial volume, which is destined to become the standard test for studying the tradition and history of the early Christian Gospel literature, the author treats more than a dozen Gospel writings from the first two centuries. These Gospels include more than the standard canonical Gospels, covering also such writings as the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocryphon of James, and the Gospel of Mary and others. The book is divided into six major sections. The first examines the origins and meanings of the term Gospel. Then follows a section on early collections of saying including, of course, a study of Q. A third section traces the movement from the dialogue Gospels through narratives about Jesus to the Gospel of John. Mark, Matthew and Like receive thorough consideration in the fourth section, followed by an exploration of the early extant harmonization s of the canonical Gospels (Justin martyr, Tatian, Epistula Apostolorum, etc.) The concluding section deals with various Gospel fragments known from papyri and from casual mentions in the church fathers. Throughout Ancient Christian Gospels, the author provides all technical information (attestation, manuscripts, etc.) needed by the scholar, but also translations of all data, general introductions and explanations in an effort to make the book accessible and useful for the general reader. Helmut Koester is John H. Morison Professor of New Testament and Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History of Harvard University and author of the widely used two-volume Introduction to the New Testament.

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Studio: Continuum
Pages   484
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.03" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1992
Publisher   Trinity Press
ISBN  0334024501  
ISBN13  9780334024507  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Helmut Koester is John H. Morison Professor of New Testament and Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard Divinity School, author of Ancient Christian Gospels (Trinity), and editor (with Holland L. Hendrix) of Archaeological Resources for New Testament Studies (Trinity).

Helmut Koester was born in 1926 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Harvard Divinity School Harvard University Divinity School.

Helmut Koester has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible

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About 40 Years of Research Packed Into 400 Pages  Apr 2, 2002
This book is loaded with tables and footnotes. It's an excruciatingly detailed study of the various New Testament gospels and related sources. You'll find a detailed breakdown of the derivation of the Q synoptic sayings source from Luke and Matthew; comparisons between lost gospels like the Gospel of Peter and the Gospel of Thomas and the canonical texts; a study of the birth accounts; a catalog of the Jesus stories; a bunch of other stuff.

I found it slow going, but it's amazing how much obscure knowledge you can glean from reading through this. I wouldn't recommend it as an introductory text on the Gospels, however.

A fascinating history of the development of the gospels  Apr 14, 2001
I couldn't agree more with Midwest Book Review. I absolutely love this book and am fascinated by the content. It's not a book on spirituality, but if you're a history buff and want to understand how the Christian religion evolved, this is a crucial piece of the puzzle. The book covers both canonical and non-canonical literature and summarizes much of the scholarly discussion concerning the sources of the writings, the relationship to oral traditions, evidence of who used what as the basis for gospel development, etc. It gets down into the detail where I'd like to be but lack too much of the background required to get there.
An accessible history of early Christian Gospel literature  Feb 15, 2001
Ancient Christian Gospels: Their History And Development is a scholarly yet completely accessible history of early Christian Gospel literature from the first two centuries of the Christian movement. Professor Koester provides all technical information required by the scholar, including translations of all data, and yet writes with a clarity that makes his material of immense interest to the non-specialist general reader with an interest in the development of the principle texts of the Christian gospel. Highly recommended.

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