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Reading the Synoptic Gospels (Revised and Expanded): Basic Methods for Interpreting Matthew, Mark, and Luke

SKU 9780827232259

by O. Wesley Allen, Jr.

This revised and expanded introductory text introduces students of the Bible to the layers of meaning that can be uncovered by serious study of the synoptic gospel texts. Included are two new chapters introducing ideological exegetical approaches to the gospels and a concluding chapter that helps the student synthesize the exegetical discoveries they have made using the methods taught in the book.


Reading the Synoptic Gospels is best described as exegesis in action. Whereas most exegetical guidebooks tell the interpreter what steps to follow in the interpretation of biblical texts, this book actually goes through each step with and for the reader—finding parallel passages, looking up words, helping the beginning student to discover what it feels like actually to interpret a biblical text from a careful and close reading”
-Gail R. O’Day, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

“Unlike books that merely present the fruits of modern research on the synoptic gospels, this book enables students to reach their own conclusions about any given text in the gospels. With a refreshing style that strikes a balance between depth and clarity, O. Wesley Allen, Jr., introduces the student to basic research tools, terminology, methods, and modes of analysis employed in the critical study of the gospels. The book may be highly recommended as a textbook for students at any level.”
-Allen Kerkeslager, St. Joseph’s University