Watson finds that in the early church Origen most clearly articulated how the fourfold canonical gospel
As in the canonical Gospels
, this Jesus urges his listeners to abandon their families and follow him.
Topics include history and theology in context, biblical theology from an Old Testament perspective, the Apocalypse, socio-theological hermeneutics, the nature of New Testament theology, the issue of the canonical gospels
, Paul's place in New Testament theology, reception history, women as a challenge, deutero-Paulinism, pseudonymity and the canon, alternatives such as individual eschatology, practical theology, primitive Christianity, the historical Jesus, the gospel of John, the theology of the cross and the quest for a doctrinal norm, and the trinity.
And whatever opens the heart is scripture, be it the canonical gospels
, a sutra, the Vedas, Bob Dylan, a trip to the circus, Sylvia Plath or feeding the birds.
I would much rather read the canonical Gospels
with their literary richness, one at a time.
Those outside; noncanonical readings of canonical gospels
The multiplication of the loaves and fishes clearly played a major role in the earliest Christian understandings of Jesus, as it is the only miracle to find a place in all four canonical Gospels
. But only John's Gospel follows up by "connecting the dots" with the discourse on bread that follows.
It is comprised of saying of Jesus from the three canonical gospels
and the Gospel of Thomas, and he presents them in language easily accessible to modern readers, more specifically a seeker rather than a believer.
Another absence seems to haunt the earliest and briefest of the canonical gospels
. Matthew's narrative might qualify as proclamation of good news because it finds a way to show how Jesus' death worked forgiveness.
They also consider the production of the individual canonical gospels
, their position among and relation to non-canonical gospels, and the eventual writing of commentaries on the canonical texts.
Hospitality in the New Testament includes the entire ministry of Jesus in word and deed in the canonical Gospels
as well as the continual encouragement of the apostle Paul and other writers.
Each narrative draws from all four canonical gospels
and imaginatively embellishes their limited information.
Professor William Loader, head of the School of Social Inquiry at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, and lecturer in the Perth Theological Hall of the Uniting Church in Australia, himself cautions against such assumption with the opening sentence of his introduction: "In the present study I am concerned with Jesus' attitude towards Torah as it is presented in the gospels." His focus is on the Gospels themselves and not on retrieval of the "attitude of the historical Jesus himself." The term "Gospels" covers the canonical Gospels
and a number of noncanonical documents, among them the so-called Gospel of Thomas and other sources of alleged sayings of Jesus.
This new Crossan portrait is then superimposed on the works of the evangelists to correct the traditional theologically distorted portrait(s) of Jesus that Crossan finds in the canonical gospels
In this interdisciplinary work Richard Bauckham uses ancient Christian history, New Testament scholarship, Christian theology, and feminist critique of Scripture to examine the four Gospels with a special focus on the women mentioned in the texts--fifteen women in the four canonical Gospels
and three women from the Old Testament included in Matthew's genealogy.