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Understanding the Gospels

Author(s): Vicente Balaguer

ISBN13: 9781594170713

ISBN10: 1594170711

Publisher: Veritas

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  • The last two hundred years show the emergence of an enormous growth industry in the field of Biblical analysis, particularly on the evidence presented in the Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus Christ. But most often the exhaustive analysis brought to bear on the Gospels is dominated by a biased point-of-view against their authenticity. Authors who have taken the position of óliberal? criticism claim that the Gospels do not show the true Jesus, but one who has been idealized and mythologized by his followers.

    Written by faculty from the University of Navarre, this book takes the approach of a careful study of the texts and their surrounding circumstances to show that the Gospels are both a reflection of the Apostles?å preaching about Jesus as well as trustworthy historical testimonies to his life and work.
  • Vicente Balaguer

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    This is the work of a group of Spanish religious scholars. The editor is professor of sacred scripture in the school of theology at the University of Navarra, which indicates that this is the voice of Opus Del. The aim of the book is to counter interpretations of the gospels over the last two hundred years which have been used to undermine the Christian message and the authenticity of Jesus Christ. The intention is to examine the gospels objectively to find how they reveal the true or real Jesus; in other words that the apostles did not write myth or propaganda but produced an historical record. To do this the authors approach various aspects of the gospels such as other historical sources which support them, how the gospels were constructed, and in-depth examination of the text of each gospel in turn. The book is unlikely per se to persuade sceptics or unbelievers to change their views, but the cogent arguments will provide strong confirmation for the faithful, and arm them well.

    - Books Ireland, May 2010


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