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Ancient Christian Gospels: Their History and Development

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In this magisterial volume, which is destined to become the standard test for studying the tradition and history of the early Christian Gospel literature, the author treats more than a dozen Gospel writings from the first two centuries. These Gospels include more than the standard canonical Gospels, covering also such writings as the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocryphon of Jam ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Bloomsbury T&T Clark (first published December 31st 1990)
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Henry Sturcke
Feb 25, 2016 Henry Sturcke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helmut Koester, professor emeritus at Harvard Divinity School, died on New Year’s Day 2016, shortly after his 89th birthday. He was one of the last scholars to write his dissertation under the direction of Rudolf Bultmann, therefore an important exponent of the historical-critical investigation of Christian origins. That dissertation was on Gospel quotations in the early Church fathers, so in a sense this book, Ancient Christian Gospels, is the culmination of a lifetime devoted to the question.
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Feb 24, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: scholars of the New Testament and ancietn Christian scriptures
This is a great overview of the relationships among some of the earliest Christian writings - particularly those now called "Gospels." This is not for the beginner, as some familiarity with the ancient texts and the processes of textual criticism/redaction are necessary to understand the picture Koester is giving of both the historical developments and the status of the question.

This is a good place to start for a quick look at what "relatively recent" scholarship says about particular texts, an
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