The four canonical gospels arose in unique circumstances in different parts of the Roman Empire. This book studies the gospels as formative documents that reveal how these four communities refracted the life of Jesus to express their unique community life in their historical contexts. Reading Mark, Matthew, Luke and Acts, and John as distinct communities with particular systems of formation, this book explores the differences between the gospels, while providing four windows on the development of primitive Christianity.
Richard Valantasis is co-director of the Institute for Contemplative Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico and on leave as professor of ascetical theology and Christian practice and director of the Anglican Studies Program at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is an ordained Episcopal priest. Douglas K. Bleyle is co-director of the Institute for Contemplative Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He earned his M.Div. at Iliff School of Theology in Denver and his Th.M. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is an aspirant to holy orders in the Episcopal Church. Dennis C. Haugh is adjunct professor at the Iliff School of Theology and a Ph.D. candidate in the joint Iliff-University of Denver doctoral program. He is a Roman Catholic lay person with extensive experience in the areas of adult faith formation.
Introduction Chapter 1: Portal to the Gospel of Mark Chapter 2: The Gospel of Mark Chapter 3: Portal to the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 4: The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 5: Portal to the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles Chapter 6: The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles Chapter 7: Portal to the Gospel of John Chapter 8: The Gospel of John Chapter 9: A Theological Conclusion