Chapter 1 gives a brief overview of the content of the four Gospels.
What is the nature and character of the Gospels? This article wants to describe the shift in the view of the Gospels over the last thirty years. Are the Gospels snapshots, abstract paintings, or portraits of the life of Jesus?
Jesus' coming fulfilled Old Testament prophecy, but did so in a way which shattered expectations. Jesus brought grace in a way that is counterintuitive and contrary to what we would expect. This book examines how Jesus and the gospel of grace are revealed in each of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This section focuses on the book of Matthew, showing how Jesus' rebuke is counterintuitive.
This is an extended review of N T Wright’s important book The Resurrection of the Son of God. The book has two main aims. First to reassert that the authors of the New Testament believed that Jesus was raised bodily from the dead. Second to clarify the authors’ understanding of resurrection for those who believe in Jesus.
Are the four New Testament Gospels reliable accounts of Jesus? Are the Gospels accounts of real history? In this article, Richard Bauckham highlights the importance of the eyewitnesses described in the Gospels - those who were actually there at the events of Jesus' life. Bauckham asks the question: How are the Gospels related to the testimony of the eyewitnesses?
Some biblical scholars believe that the four Gospels were not written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. According to this view, the traditional authorship was assigned or guessed at by the early church. This suggestion is put forward, casting doubt on the traditional authors, without much examination of its own merits. This article argues that the evidence for this position is limited. The belief that there originally was anonymity of authorship of the Gospels is unlikely.