The Reliability of Gospel Tradition

By: Birger Gerhardsson; Forward-Donald A. Hagner

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Binding is tight and square. No marks or writing observed in the text. Previous owner's name on the front inside cover. Cover is clean with minor shelf wear. .............. ..................... ....................... TOC: xxiv, 143 pages ; 22 cm Contents: Jewish traditionalism -- Master and disciples -- Oral transmission -- Allusions to the Torah tradition in the New Testament -- Tradition in early Christianity -- Paul as a bearer of tradition -- Paul and the Jesus tradition -- Early Christianity and the past -- The concentration on 'the only teacher' -- Continuity in the view of Jesus -- Personal continuity in early Christianity -- From Jesus to the Gospels -- 'The whole truth' -- The isolated Jesus tradition -- The link between text type and 'life-situation' -- Where was precise text-preservation needed? -- What about oral text-transmission? -- The path of the synoptic tradition -- The sayings tradition -- The narrative tradition -- Critical points for form criticism -- A sound starting point -- A model of investigation -- Christianity's Jewish mother-tradition -- The early Christian tradition. .................... ..................... ...................... The historical reliability of the Gospels has been discussed from the Enlightenment onwards. At present, many scholars assume that the canonical Gospels as we have them are essentially fictions constructed near the end of the first century to meet the needs of the Christian movement of that time and that they give us very little reliable information regarding the life and teachings of Jesus. But have these scholars really understood the nature of the written Gospels?Birger Gerhardsson has devoted almost the whole of his academic career to the study of the oral tradition that is the basis of our canonical Gospels. His groundbreaking doctoral dissertation, 'Memory and Manuscript,' drew a parallel between the way in which the rabbis taught their disciples and the way Jesus taught his disciples: both required memorization of the master s teaching. Rabbinic disciples handed on their masters tradition with great care, and we can be sure that the disciples of Jesus would have been no less careful with what he taught them!'The Reliability of the Gospel Tradition' presents three studies that illuminate how the early Christians passed on tradition. The Origins of the Gospel Tradition gives an accessible review of the debate regarding the extent to which the New Testament evangelists enable us to hear the voice of Jesus. The Path of the Gospel Tradition contains a critical discussion of the approach of the form-critical school to the problem of the early Christian tradition, ending with an alternative sketch of the path of the tradition. The Gospel Tradition offers a rather detailed picture of various aspects of the content and method of early Christian tradition and assesses thereliability of the four oldest of the extant written records. In the current climate of skepticism I know of nothing more helpful than Birger Gerhardsson s writings, and that is why I am particularly delighted that the pieces that compose the present volume are again available in print. New generations of students deserve to have them, not merely because they ultimately vindicate the church s estimate of Jesus, but because they are true to the nature of the Gospels themselves and to the purpose of those who wrote them.' Donald A. Hagner (from the Foreword)

Title: The Reliability of Gospel Tradition

Author Name: Birger Gerhardsson; Forward-Donald A. Hagner

Categories: Theology,

Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers: November 2001

ISBN Number: 1565636678

ISBN Number 13: 9781565636675

Size: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Used - Very Good

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