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Why did the church, in forming its canon of scripture, choose to include four different and sometimes contradictory accounts of the life of Jesus, when others, like Tatian and Marcion, opted for a harmony, for one account? Professor Hengel examines the external historical evidence for the creation of the Gospels by those documenting the early church, like Papias and Ireneus. He also analyzes the origin of the uniform title "Gospel according to" and the process of dissemination of the gospel. He concludes that whether for the evangelists or for Paul, the gospel is both narrative and proclamation. Despite the problems caused by the different forms in which the gospel has come down to us, this very multiplicity remains a source of strength for the church. Martin Hengel is Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism at the University of Tubingen.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781563383007
ISBN-10: 1563383004
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group - Trinity
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Martin Hengel

Martin Hengel is Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Ancient Judaism, University of Tubingen, Germany.

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