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Review: “Discovering Jesus: Why Four Gospels To Portray One Person?”

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Discovering Jesus: Why Four Gospels To Portray One Person?

T. D. Alexander

Crossway / IVP, 2010, 144pp. / 160 pp., paperback, $12.99 / £8.99

ISBN 978-1-4335-2005-1 / 978-1844744978

Brief, clear and faithful, this slim volume provides an overview of all four Gospels, including chapters on their common themes and composition, as well as developing significant themes of each Gospel individually. Aware of critical approaches, and yet not a slave to them, this is a helpful introduction to the study of the Gospels. While not immediately devotional in its outlook, the author nevertheless provides us with information about the men who wrote of the Saviour, and the way in which they did so, in such a way as to illuminate helpfully the person and work of the Lord Christ. For those who need to grasp some of the technical and critical issues involved in the study of the Gospels without becoming bogged down by them, this would be a good volume to have.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 21 November 2011 at 18:50

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  1. What his take on compositional order and dependence?

    richbarcellos

    Monday 21 November 2011 at 18:56

    • How should I know? I just review these things. Anyone would think I actually read them . . .

      Jeremy Walker

      Monday 21 November 2011 at 18:58

      • thanks for the clarity. I will definitely think about recommending this site!

        richbarcellos

        Monday 21 November 2011 at 19:14

        • For the sake of the three readers who might come here from Rich’s blog if he recommends me:

          He suggests rather than declares Marcan priority, hints at Matthew before Luke (with both depending in part on Mark), and places John in his regular slot. It is, as you might expect, couched in the language of scholarly consensus, with the usual arguments and windows of time discussed.

          Haven’t you gone on record somewhere arguing for Matthean priority, or am I – as so often – mistaken?

          Jeremy Walker

          Monday 21 November 2011 at 19:52

          • thanks for the gracious inflation of numbers.

            As to Matthean priority, I agree with the early fathers of the church, Augustine, etc. A book that really does a good job arguing for what the entire Christian church held for most of its existence with reference to Matthean priority, cf. David Alan Black’s “Why Four Gospels?” Matthean priorty is on the rise again and is, in my thinking, the unviersal testimony of the church triumphant and will be the lot of all those who make it into the not-yet eschatologica/eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. So there you have it.

            richbarcellos

            Monday 21 November 2011 at 20:21


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