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Connecting gospels : beyond the canonical/non-canonical divide.

Watson, Francis and Parkhouse, Sarah (2018) 'Connecting gospels : beyond the canonical/non-canonical divide.', Oxford: Oxford University Press.


By the late second century, early Christian gospels had been divided into two groups by a canonical boundary that assigned normative status to four of them while consigning their competitors to the margins. Connecting Gospels: Beyond the Canonical/Non-canonical Divide finds new ways to reconnect these divided texts. Starting from the assumption that, in spite of their differences, all early gospels express a common belief in the absolute significance of Jesus and his earthly career, this authoritative collection makes their interconnectedness fruitful for interpretation. The contributors have each selected a theme or topic and trace it across two or more gospels on either side of the canonical boundary, and the resulting convergences and divergences shed light not least on the canonical texts themselves as they are read from new and unfamiliar vantage points. This volume demonstrates that early gospel literature can be regarded as a single field of study, in contrast to the overwhelming predominance of the canonical four characteristic of traditional gospels scholarship.

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Sample chapter deposited. Chapter 9: ' Gospel of the Eleven: the Epistula Apostolorum and the Johannine Tradition', pp. 189-215.
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Publisher statement:Gospel of the Eleven: the Epistula Apostolorum and the Johannine Tradition, pp. 189-215, in Watson, Francis & Parkhouse, Sarah (2018). Connecting Gospels: Beyond the Canonical/Non-canonical Divide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press,
Date accepted:01 March 2017
Date deposited:06 November 2018
Date of first online publication:22 March 2018
Date first made open access:No date available

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