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Reicke blazes a new trail in Synoptic Gospel studies by re-examining
the origins and formation of the Christian traditions behind the
Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. After reviewing the
history of the scholarly discussions about Synoptic Gospel
interrelationships, Reicke uses charts and tables to demonstrate the
ways in which various patterns and themes are illustrated in the
Gospels themselves. the core of the book is a detailed
exposition of all the synoptic material as we have it, independent
of any theory of literary priority and dependence.
This distinguished New Testament scholar seeks to discover
the living roots and human factors involved in the composition of
the Synoptic Gospels. He does so by avoiding certain scholarly
conventions and tendencies: he does not explain any one of the three
Gospels as being a ruthless revision of another Gospel; he
demonstrates the fluidity and flexibility of the oral traditions
which preceded the literary compositions in the first place; and he
pays attention to post-New Testament witnesses of the Synoptics.
Overall, the birth of the Gospels is viewed as neither a
supra-natural act nor a technical, mechanical-compositional
exercise. Here is a genuinely fresh treatment of the living
roots of the Synoptic Gospels.
This book is an excellent, concise, and very readable account of
a period the understanding of which is indispensable for any
intelligent comprehension of the New Testament.
Paul J. Achtemeier
This book contains a great amount of reliable
information in eminently readable form.
John J. Collins
Religious Studies Review
. . . outstanding in its field.
Jack D. Kingsbury
The Lutheran Quarterly
. . . excellent . . . I know of nothing quite like
Louis F. Hartman
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly