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The Roots of the Synoptic Gospels
by Bo Reicke
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Cloth - 191 pp
ISBN 080060766X
Fortress Press


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.

Editorial Review

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 it.

Louis F. Hartman
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

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