Writing the Gospels


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List of Contributors Preface Permissions Abbreviations Introduction: Francis Watson’s Gospel Writing and the Fourfold Gospel: Engaging a “New Paradigm”, Catherine Sider Hamilton Part I Critical Assessments of Gospel Writing and the Fourfold Gospel Chapter 1 Gospels before Normativization: A Critique of Francis Watson’s Gospel Writing, Richard Bauckham Chapter 2 Fourfold Gospel Writing, Markus Bockmuehl Part II Gospel Writing and Gospel Sources Chapter 3 Ancient Biography and the Development of the Canonical Collection, Richard A. Burridge Chapter 4 What Does Thomas Have to Do with Q? The Afterlife of a Sayings Gospel, Mark Goodacre Chapter 5 Gospels in the First and Second Century and the Origin of the “Fourfold Gospel”: A Critical Appraisal of Francis Watson’s Gospel Writing, Jens Schröter Part III Gospel Writing and the Fourfold Gospel Chapter 6 Revelatory Epistemology in the Gospel according to Matthew in Dialogue with Francis Watson’s “Canonical Perspective”, Jonathan T. Pennington Chapter 7 Messiah Language and Gospel Writing, Joshua W. Jipp Chapter 8 Quartet for the End of Time: The Fourfold Gospel, History, and Matthew’s Birth Narrative, Catherine Sider Hamilton Chapter 9 Gospel Contradictions, Harmonizations, and Historical Truth: Francis Watson and Origen’s Comprehensive Paradigm Shift, Frederik S. Mulder Chapter 10 Gospel Optics, Margaret M. Mitchell Chapter 11 Singing the Gospels: Beyond the Bookish Text, Ephraim Radner Part IV Francis Watson’s Response Chapter 12 A Reply to my Critics, Francis Watson Bibliography Index of Subjects Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Sources

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Discusses the impact of Francis Watson’s work on gospel writing and examines the reception and creation of gospel material with a focus on the 2nd century.

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Catherine Sider Hamilton is Professorial Fellow for Teaching and Research, New Testament at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Canada. Joel Willitts is Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Northpark University, USA.


This is not simply a critical review of Watson’s writing, but a project that carries forward his work with fresh discussions. It is an essential volume for students and scholars seeking to understand the landscape of current gospel studies and to explore new directions within it.
*Religious Studies Review*

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