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The Four Witnesses: The Rebel, the Rabbi, the Chronicler, and the Mystic [Paperback]

By Robin Griffith-Jones (Author) & 2000 Ltd Jesus (Author)
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The story of Jesus is brought to life for modern readers by reviving the original intent of the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John as individual witnesses. The author presents a lively discussion of how and why each gospel was written and examines the light shed by each on Jesus' life, work, and death. Print features.

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"Who Do You Say I Am?"Four Witnesses Offer Strikingly Different Testimony to the Life and Death of Jesus

Bringing the stories of Jesus to life for the contemporary reader, Robin Griffith-Jones revives the origional power and intent of each of the four gospels. He presents a lively discussion of how and why each gospel was written, considering the substance and style of the testimony itself as well as the unique context of each story. Mark's gospel tells the rebel's story of Jesus as a failed revolutionary whose mission mysteriously succeeds. For the rabbi Matthew, Jesus is the long-awaited fulfillment of Jewish expectation. For Luke, Jesus is a heroic, compassionate social revolutionary who confidently and mercifully dies on behalf of all humanity. John's gospel is a mystic's interpretation of the divinity of Jesus told in powerful poetic language.

"Who do you say I am?" Each gospel offers its own answer to Jesus' question, influenced by the context of its writing and the personality of its writer. All four gospels taken together provide what one alone could not: a remarkably full and compelling presentation of Jesus and his message.

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Studio: HarperOne
Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.15" Width: 6.13" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 3, 2001
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0062516485  
ISBN13  9780062516480  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robin Griffith-Jones is Master of the Temple at the Temple Church and Senior Lecturer in Theology, King's College London. He is author of The Four Witnesses (2000), The Gospel According to Paul (2004) and Mary Magdalene (2008). He initiated and managed the series of public discussions at the Temple Church, Islam and English Law, that was launched with the Archbishop of Canterbury's historic lecture on shari'a law.

Robin Griffith-Jones currently resides in London. Robin Griffith-Jones has an academic affiliation as follows - King's College London.

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An excellent study on the Four Gospels  Mar 15, 2007
I believe that this is one of the most informative and honest looks at the Four Gospels I have yet to see. It seems that most of the time, you get either one of the two extremes in the spiritual community: the right-wing conservatives who discourage any "new" interpretation of Scripture, or the conspiracy theorists who more often than not, attempt to "balance" the teachings by trying to make it appear more ultra-feminist. Fortunately, the author takes that elusive middle ground, attempting to remain true to the Greek translations of the Four Gospels (thus the unusual names for the various books, such as "Visions" in place of "Revelations", etc.), while at the same time, critcally viewing each of the Four Gospels as they were meant to be viewed--separately and on their own merits.

It is in fact a long read (even though it is only 300 pages long), mainly due to the fact that there is such a huge amount of fascinating information to cover. And as for some others' criticisms that he never "gets to the point", I believe he is trying to let the reader come to their own conclusions concerning each of the Four Gospels, and the central question of each: "Who do you say I am?" Not an easy question to answer for any of the four, and least of all, for the laymen who have joined this ever-growing "new sect" since those early days nearly 2,000 years ago. As the author constantly pointed out, in the case of the Four Gospels, we are to decide what Jesus meant in that seemingly simple question...WE are the jury who must weigh the evidence for or against this teacher from Galilee. I would recommend it for ANYONE who is interested in studying the Four Gospels more intensely. Read this book, and then go back and read the actual Four Gospels. It will take more than one sitting to soak it all in...
The 4 story tellers of Christianity  Dec 22, 2006
Prof. Robin Griffith-Jones is an Anglican Church Chaplain in presenting his research on the four Gospels in answering Jesus's question "Who do you say I am?". He is a knowledgeable powerful scholar in connecting the Testaments of Old with New in defining Jesus as the expected Messiah against the unjust, unequal and brutal Roman oppression on Jewish people.

He showed Mark: The Rebel's story, Matthew: The Rabbi's story, Luke: The Chronicler's story, John: The Mystic's story. The Tao of the Gospels works well in the mysterious way of life and death, winning and defeat, hope and despair. His powerful epilogue ended the book.

He uses the term witness as the title of the book. Jesus movement ended in his crucifixion in 30s. The oral tradition kept the epic story alive with Paul, the missionary and the first Pope Peter in Jerusalem. Jesus Seminar scholars concluded that Mark was the first Gospel written by 80s followed by Matthew and Luke. John was believed written a decade later. Did the four witnesses get CNN to record every detail? Can we qualify any visitor to the hi-tech Lincoln Museum in Springfield Illinois to be the witness of Civil War?

The four Gospels are records collectively remembered so that you will believe. The post Easter belief of resurrection created Christianity that in a mythical way succeeds the failed revolution.

Lao Tzu said in Tao Te Ching Chapter 33: One who died but does not perish, has everlasting life. Jesus certainly achieves this status.

Christmas question - what would happen if it had been three wise women instead of men?
1. They would have asked for directions
2. They would have arrived on time.
3. They would have brought a hand made quilt crib
4. They would have cleaned the stable
5. They would have delivered the baby
6. They would have made a casserol and chicken soups
7. They would have given motherhold guidance
8. There would be PEACE ON EARTH!
Surprisingly Interesting  Oct 11, 2004
Even though I rarely read religious books, I picked this book up on a recent trip to the US. I was very pleasantly surprised: I thought the contents extremely interesting. We all know that each story of the gospel was written in a different context, but I have never understood just how much this affects our image of Jesus and his life and death. I found this book simply gripping. The author spends much time bringing back the atmosphere of these early Christian communities when the gospels were written, and he does it in a very colourful style. This may be unconventional, but it is certainly effective. This is a world that is so easily lost otherwise, and it prevents a challenging book from simply being dry and monotonous. This is a book that I think I will want to read again. Having read it from start to finish, I think that over the coming months I will want to dip into different chapters: because this is a book that has changed my understanding of the gospel as such, but each chapter also has so much to say about individual parables and stories.
In short: I found this a great book to deepen my understanding of Christ, and one that has encouraged me to go back and re-read the gospels from a fresh perspective.
Four Views of Truth, Amplified  Feb 18, 2004
Here is a book to sink your theological teeth into. Robin Griffith-Jones takes the reader on a journey of discovery as he compares and contrasts the four chief sources of our understanding of Jesus Christ.

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all answer Jesus' question, "Who do you say I am?" And they present us with Jesus in such a way that it demands a response from us. Even so, each of the Gospel writers answers with a distinct voice. We are so used to hearing bits and pieces of all the Gospels; we often merge their messages.

Griffith-Jones invites us, instead, to see Jesus in the distinct ways he is presented in each.

The subtitle of the book tells us we will look at Jesus as: the Rebel, the Rabbi, the Chronicler, and the Mystic. If these are attributes of Jesus you have not yet considered, you will want to read more about each.

The author is a former chaplain and professor of New Testament at Lincoln College, Oxford, now serves as Master of the Temple Church in London, one of the most influential positions in the Church of England. He gives us the state of the world and the state of the fledgling Christian community, so we may better understand the concerns each Gospel writer addresses in their individual portraits of Christ.

Just as artists have cast light on particular aspects of Jesus ministry and message, so too, says Griffith-Jones, those inspired witnesses. The Rebel who turned the world upside down, the Rabbi who taught in the tradition of Judaism yet with an authority unlike any other, the Chronicler who told the wonders of God's kingdom, and the Mystic who helped us the eternal realities behind everyday living.

If you want to delve into these aspects of our Lord, you will find Griffith-Jones the perfect guide. The book is not a quick read; and you will want to keep your New Testament open as you study the contributions of the Gospel writers.

No bueno  Dec 26, 2003
While I learned some things about what it was like in Rome and surrounding communities when the early church was forming, I will second, third, fourth and fifth the other reviewers who say he would tell us what he was going to say and then not tell us. He was long-winded, and I found no real conclusion to the entire book, though it felt like he was trying to lead up to one. Perhaps I missed it.

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