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Four Gospels, One Jesus: A symbolic Reading
Richard A. Burridge
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In this very readable book Richard Burridge depicts Jesus through the four Gospel authors' distinctive portraits of him. Without bogging down readers with technical terminology, Burridge brings to bear his research comparing the Gospels with classical biographies and offers a clear interpretation of each Gospel author's portrait. In a particularly striking move, he draws on the traditional symbols of the Gospels the human face, lion, ox, and eagle to represent each book's unique picture of Jesus.
This second edition incorporates recent scholarship on the historical Jesus, a new section on how the Gospels have been read throughout history, and an expanded discussion of how to teach and preach the Gospels through the lectionary. Burridge also tackles the matter of how these ancient writings bear on today's hot-button issues of unity and diversity. "Four Gospels, One Jesus?" will be appreciated by pastors, churches, and other readers keen to understand Jesus more fully.
A rare merger of the very best of modern biblical scholarship with a readable and engaging telling of the Gospel portraits of Jesus particularly aimed at a popular audience.
Anglican Theological Review
A fine introduction to the distinctive portrait of Jesus provided by each of the Gospels. . . . Should prove to be a very helpful window into Gospel scholarship for many readers.
Reformed Theological Review
An engaging approach to reading each Gospel as a unique portrait of Jesus.
Toronto Journal of Theology
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About the Author
Richard A. Burridge is dean of King's College in London, where he is also Director of New Testament Studies.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements from the First Edition
Preface to the Revised Edition
What are the gospels?
How did the gospels come to be written?
What sorts of material do the gospels contain?
What about the authors?
Literary approaches to the texts
Creativity and inspiration
The four living creatures
The four symbols as visual teaching aids
From Jerome to the Book of Kells
The lion's appearance
The bounding lion
The beast of conflict
The lion and his pride
What kind of animal is this creature?
Jerusalem — the lion's lair or robbers' den?
In at the kill
"Rose like a lion"?
The human face
Where is he who is born King of the Jews?
The new teaching
Conflict between the Teacher and Israel
The Teacher's suffering
The Teacher's vindication
The powerful ox
The ox in the Temple and the stall
The ox plods a long, slow journey
The ox, the herd, and the drivers
Those who are burdened with heavy loads
Strength to bear the burdens
The sacrificial, saving victim
He rides again
Gwaihir and Farsight the Eagles
The high-flying perspective
"The way of an eagle in the sky"
"The eagle has landed"?
Talons bared for conflict
Living under the shadow of his wings
The hour of glory
"Risen with healing in his wings"
Four portraits or four Jesuses?
From four gospels back to one Jesus
From four gospels forward to many Jesuses
Plurality within limits
Biography, faith, and worship
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