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Connecting Gospels: Beyond the Canonical/Non-canonical Divide
Watson, Francis and Sarah Parkhouse, editors

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 pp. xi + 282. $88.00

Description: By the late second century, early Christian gospels had been divided into two groups by a canonical boundary that assigned normative status to four of them while consigning their competitors to the margins. Connecting Gospels: Beyond the Canonical/Non-canonical Divide finds new ways to reconnect these divided texts. Starting from the assumption that, in spite of their differences, all early gospels express a common belief in the absolute significance of Jesus and his earthly career, this authoritative collection makes their interconnectedness fruitful for interpretation. The contributors have each selected a theme or topic and trace it across two or more gospels on either side of the canonical boundary, and the resulting convergences and divergences shed light not least on the canonical texts themselves as they are read from new and unfamiliar vantage points. This volume demonstrates that early gospel literature can be regarded as a single field of study, in contrast to the overwhelming predominance of the canonical four characteristic of traditional gospels scholarship. Contributors include Matthew R. Crawford, Simon Gathercole, Mark Goodacre, Christine Jacobi, Tobias Nicklas, Heike Omerzu, Sarah Parkhouse, Dieter T. Roth, Jens SchrŲter, Christopher Tuckett, and Francis Watson

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, New Testament Apocrypha, Gospels, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Early Church Origins

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Review by Garrick V. Allen
Published 1/9/2020
Citation: Garrick V. Allen, review of Francis Watson and Sarah Parkhouse, eds., Connecting Gospels: Beyond the Canonical/Non-canonical Divide, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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