In a message dated 6/1/98 5:10:04 AM, rick.strelan@...
<<I am teaching a course on the gospels this coming semester and would
appreciate any recommendations re textbooks or recommended reading that
other lecturers are using.
Thanks in anticipation,
University of Queensland
Rick et al.,
In a fall course for classics undergraduates, in addition to Nestle-Aland and
the Aland synopsis I'm assigning _Studying the Synoptic Gospels_ by E. P.
Sanders and Margaret Davies (SCM/TPI). While a bit weighty for undergraduates
(at least American ones), Sanders and Davies supply vital information and
introduce a lot of issues in a very reasonable, even common-sensical way.
Richard Bauckham's recent collection _The Gospels for All Christians_
(Eerdmans) is also accessible and promises to reorient Gospels study away from
what Pauline scholars term "mirror-reading."
Perhaps even more than in other NT subjects, it seems to me that one's choice
of text is a function of what one aims to introduce students to: to one gospel
as a literary whole? to extant gospels as historical sources for
reconstructing the life of Jesus, or the early history of Christianity? to the
canonical gospels as witnesses to the faith of the ancient church? Like Rick,
I would be interested in knowing what others do, if the teaching of the
Gospels is an appropriate subject for discussion on this list.
Institute for Christian Studies
Austin, Texas, USA