Item description for The Four Gospels: A Guide to Their Historical Background, Characteristic Differences, and Timeless Significance by William S. Stob...
Overview The Four Gospels have been read and studied for nearly 2,000 years. As early as the second century Irenaeus, Church fater and martyr, declared that four accounts of the life of Christ were needed - no more and no less! Yet many Christians, in spite of the numerous and excellent commentaries available today, cannot answer the question, Why four Gospels? This in-depth volume, which took 20 years to research and 10 years to write, clearly reveals the necessity of a four-fold portrait of Christ. Selected excerpts from some of the most celebrated writers of the past, such as A. Edersheim, Chas. Erdman, F. W. Farrar, Edw. Gibbon, F. L. Godet, D. S. Gregory, F. W. Krummacher, H. H. Milman, G. Campbell Morgan, Arthur Pink, Sir Wm. Ramsay, Chas. Rollin, R. C. Trench, B. F. Wescott, and scores of others, are incorporated throughout the book in order to explain and substantiate the historical background and characteristic differences of the Four Gospels. This work is an excellent reference for teachers, students, and historians, but is designed for Christians in all walks of life. A homeschooling mother stated that the work is quite readable (even by a pressured mom) and very worthwhile. I especially like the organization of the book, which helped me keep my bearings. The history is fascinating and helpful
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Studio: Ambassador International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.95" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.78" Weight: 1.17 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher EMERALD HOUSE GROUP #694
ISBN 1932307753 ISBN13 9781932307757
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'Historical background, characteristic differences and timeless significance' Feb 6, 2009
The back cover of this book explains that the author is "an avid historian and book collector, [who] has an extensive library with original editions dating back to 1623". There's no doubt about this, having read 'The Four Gospels', as it feels like a series of quotations from a wide range of books loosely held together with short linking texts by William Stob.
It's an attractively-presented book with an appealing cover and some photographs of famous religious works of art. However the text is dense and small and the indentation of quotations occasionally meant it was hard to see where the author's own words began again. Content-wise it focuses individually on each gospel with additional chapters about the historical background (such as the Romans, Greeks, Jews) and the focus in the gospel on an aspect of Jesus's person (King, prophet, priest, redeemer). This structure worked well for the book but was perhaps a bit of a stretch in the gospels themselves at times which are not as easily demarcated as perhaps this book hopes.
The author's theology very much affects how he writes and modern-day Biblical Studies students would find large gaps in his discussions, for example he mentions almost nothing about sources for the synoptic gospels. His quotations are from the King James Version with all its disadvantages (as well as its beauty) although it fits in rather well with this self-confessed book lover's view on the written word. I'm not entirely sure of the book's purpose; in some ways it would work more effectively as a devotional than a textbook because of the way in which it is written and its choice of content but it wouldn't fit particularly well in that genre either. Apparently the book took him ten years to write which is understandable - it clearly took a huge amount of research and reads as one man's homage to his library and how it shapes his view of the gospels and his love for these texts.