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The Three Gospels: New Testament History Introduced by the Synoptic Problem
Mosse, Martin

Milton Keynes, U.K.: Paternoster, 2007 pp. xxxii + 364. £24.99

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Paternoster Biblical Monographs


Description: Dr Mosse presents an unremittingly logical assault upon the Synoptic Problem which develops into a general treatment of the major issues in New Testament history. Repeatedly affirming the testimony of Papias and the Early Fathers, Mosse offers a carefully integrated case for early dates and traditional authorship of the three Synoptic gospels and Acts in opposition to the redundant hypothesis of Q. This in turn leads into a study of Paul's later career, including a detailed discussion of the dates and provenance of his later epistles. Along the way he addresses cruces such as the chronology of Jesus' ministry in Mark and John,; the identification and dates of Paul's visits to Jerusalem; Paul's ever-changing Corinthian itineraries; the date and addresses of Galatians; and many others. All this is supported by a wealth of reference material including a full chronology of the New Testament and a historical survey of all the epistles in their probable sequence. The end product has a wide appeal which will attract New Testament specialists as well as students of theology, preachers and laity seeking to refresh their understanding of modern New Testament scholarship.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature

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Review by Pheme Perkins
Published 10/11/2009
Citation: Pheme Perkins, review of Martin Mosse, The Three Gospels: New Testament History Introduced by the Synoptic Problem, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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