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What the Gospels meant

by Wills, Garry, 1934-

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Examines the goals, methods, and styles of the evangelists and how these shaped the gospels' messages. The earliest book, Mark, emphasizes Jesus the sufferer; in Matthew, Jesus the teacher; in Luke, Jesus the reconciler; and in John, Jesus the mystic. Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Inroduction: What is a Gospel?
  • Mark : report from the suffering body of Jesus
  • Persecution in Syria
  • Messianic signs
  • Mark's artistry
  • Matthew : report from the teaching body of Jesus
  • Birth narrative
  • Sermon on the Mount
  • Death and resurrection
  • Luke : report from the reconciling body of Jesus
  • Nativity
  • A Jesus for outcasts
  • A healing death
  • John : report from the mystical body of Jesus
  • Word into world
  • The inner life
  • Life out of death
  • Epilogue: How to read the Gospels.