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Writing the Gospels: A Dialogue with Francis Watson
Hamilton, Catherine Sider and Joel Willitts, editors

London: T&T Clark, 2019 pp. xiv + 276. $114.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 606

Description: In this book prominent biblical scholars engage with Francis Watson's most striking arguments on the creation of the gospels. Their contributions focus in particular on his argument for a fourfold gospel rather than four separate gospels, his argument against Q but for an early sayings collection, and on the larger landscape of Jesus studies, gospel reception and interpretation The contributors ask whether, and in what ways, Watson's reorientation of gospel studies is successful, and explore its implications for research. Leading scholars including Jens Schröter, Margaret Mitchell, Richard Bauckham and many others provide a close critical and creative engagement with Watson's work. More than merely a critical review of Watson's writing, this book carries forward his work with fresh treatments and provides an essential volume for students and scholars seeking to understand the landscape of gospel studies and to explore new directions within it. Contributors: Catherine Sider Hamilton, Richard Bauckham, Markus Bockmuehl, Richard A. Burridge, Mark Goodacre, Jens Schröter, Jonathan T. Pennington, Joshua W. Jipp, Frederik S. Mulder, Margaret M. Mitchell, Ephraim Radner, and Francis Watson.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism

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Review by Vernon K. Robbins
Published 1/16/2020
Citation: Vernon K. Robbins, review of Catherine Sider Hamilton, with Joel Willitts, eds., Writing the Gospels: A Dialogue with Francis Watson, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2020).

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