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!Download Pdf ♸ The Complete Gospels, 4th Edition ♇ The Complete Gospels is the first publication ever to collect the canonical gospels and their extracanonical counterpoints under one cover The selected extracanonical gospels date from the first and second centuries, are independent of the canonical gospels, and significantly contribute to our understanding of the developments in the Jesus tradition leading up to and surrounding the New Testament gospels Two additional texts, the Gospel of Judas and the Gospel of the Savior, and a new text of Q are found in this fourth edition Each gospel begins with an introduction that sets the text in its ancient and historical contexts and discusses the overall structure and central themes Cross references point out the numerous parallel passages, intratextual indicators, and thematic parallels so the reader can see how the individual passages of a gospel fit into the rich tapestry of Jewish and early Christian texts Notes explain important translation issues, supply necessary background information, offer guidance to difficult passages, and honestly indicate problems in the text or in our understanding of them This volume is the premier publication of the Scholars Version translation of the gospels a fresh translation from the original languages into living American English that is entirely free of ecclesiastical control The Scholars Version intentionally drops the pretense that academics have all the answers It strives to avoid both talking down, and over the heads of readers The goal is to make these fascinating texts intelligible and inviting to all who want to study them I read mostly intro data on the various texts, but also these new translations of Mark and Thomas, as well as some of the fragments and the Signs Gospel Well worth investigating for those concerned with early Christianity. This book provides a modern, scholarly translation of the New Testament s gospels as well as several other books not found in the King James version I found it a compelling read that clearly demonstrated that the Bible s gospels were written as separate accounts of the life of Jesus and that trying to insist that they all form a coordinated and mutually supporting look at Jesus is at best a mistake. This is typical Jesus Seminar stuff The translation, however, is appalling As an example, if you raised your eyebrows at some translations renderings of the Beatitudes Blessed are the as Happy are the, the so called Scholar s Version says, Congratulations I have an uneasy truce with dynamic equivalence, but some of the choices herein are downright patronising After comparing the Scholar s Version with other translations and against the Greek I cannot at all recommend it I found a This is typical Jesus Seminar stuff The translation, however, is appalling As an example, if you raised your eyebrows at some translations renderings of the Beatitudes Blessed are the as Happy are the, the so called Scholar s Version says, Congratulations I have an uneasy truce with dynamic equivalence, but some of the choices herein are downright patronising After comparing the Scholar s Version with other translations and against the Greek I cannot at all recommend it I found a few insights, but most of it is mediocre I ll still use it occasionally, but it is in my apocrypha pseudepigrapha section rather than my readily accessible staples This is a straightforward and informative translation of the New Testament Gospels i.e., the stories about Jesus and his sayings It strives for accuracy over literary value It will not replace the King James Version any time soon I found the introductory essays and footnotes to be very helpful in understanding the culture and climate of Israel in 30 AD This volume also contains all the other records of Jesus life, not just the canonical Gospels Thus the Complete in the title Note This is a straightforward and informative translation of the New Testament Gospels i.e., the stories about Jesus and his sayings It strives for accuracy over literary value It will not replace the King James Version any time soon I found the introductory essays and footnotes to be very helpful in understanding the culture and climate of Israel in 30 AD This volume also contains all the other records of Jesus life, not just the canonical Gospels Thus the Complete in the title Note Therecently published Gospel of Judas is not included in this edition So the existing gnostic texts such as Thomas are here as well as the remaining fragments of documents mentioning Jesus This volume also contains the hypothetical Q text containing sayings of Jesus that Luke and Matthew probably used in addition to Mark, the first Gospel written in putting together their gospels The books aptly subtitled the Annotated Scholars Edition I recommend it to anyone looking for ascholarly version of the Gospels providng a historical and literary context I haven t read the entire 430 pages So far, I ve read Gospel of Mark 2010 Gospel of Matthew 7 11 Sayings of Gospel Q 7 11 Gospel of Thomas 8 11 By far the best attempt so far to delve even deeper into the mythology that is the Christian Gospels An excellent attempt to explain what these Gospels mean to those who cherish them in modern times with an underlying and exhaustive list of annotations that are invaluable for religious scholars. An interesting exploration of the gospels that didn t make it into the Bible along with the four that did Shortly after reading this, I was lucky enough to hear a speaker on the Gospel of Thomas Having read that particular gospel just prior to the event enriched the content and my understanding of the speaking points There are actually two Gospels of Thomas one which deals with the early biographical years of Jesus and one which deals with his teachings I am currently referencing the An interesting exploration of the gospels that didn t make it into the Bible along with the four that did Shortly after reading this, I was lucky enough to hear a speaker on the Gospel of Thomas Having read that particular gospel just prior to the event enriched the content and my understanding of the speaking points There are actually two Gospels of Thomas one which deals with the early biographical years of Jesus and one which deals with his teachings I am currently referencing the that deals with his teachings Remember that story in the Bible about doubting Thomas Scholars believe that it was placed in the gospel to discredit Thomas, who was a gnostic Clearly, this was successful, as both of Thomas gospels were omitted from the final canon chosen to complete the Bible The notes alone make this book worth reading they are scholarly and not affiliated with any religious organization, providing for acomplete portrait of early Christianity that Biblical literalists might understand I would not call the list of gospels complete , since there are other gnostic texts I feel would fit well here, but it is nearly complete, and includes all of the most important gospels. At the time that I read this I was toying with the idea that apocalyptic eschatology was the necessary and sufficient condition for all religions that posed a threat to me or unbelievers in general That idea doesn t really work out Still, I m proud that a significant part of my society seems to embrace, a couple thousand years after the fact, the realized eschatology that the scholars of the Jesus Seminar present as the crux of the historical Jesus teachings I doubt that all the people who At the time that I read this I was toying with the idea that apocalyptic eschatology was the necessary and sufficient condition for all religions that posed a threat to me or unbelievers in general That idea doesn t really work out Still, I m proud that a significant part of my society seems to embrace, a couple thousand years after the fact, the realized eschatology that the scholars of the Jesus Seminar present as the crux of the historical Jesus teachings I doubt that all the people who have made these works popular were trying to first understand the evolution of Christianity and then live their lives accordingly That s not how belief formation works It s muchlikely that, incredibly, a lot of people are now temperamentally inclined to help their fellow people, right now, in this life, through strictly peaceful means, and are delighted that they can find support for that inclination in the central figure of the western canon I think that s delightful If you can get past the tendentious scholarship of the Jesus seminar, this is a helpful book I read it to read through the non canonical Gospels for the first time, and that makes the book worth the read, though if you have Bibleworks or the insanely cheap Kindle edition of the pre and post Nicene fathers, that has them as well.