Audience of the Gospels: The Origin and Function of the Gospels in Early Christianity

Mickey Klink (Editor)

This is a new volume updating and clarifying the seminal work, "The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences", edited by Richard Bauckham. The discussion initiated by "The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences", edited by Richard Bauckham, has had a profound effect on gospel study and has been probed and debated at major conferences, as well as at an international conference on the "Gospel of John" (2002). Almost every commentary or major monograph on the gospels has had to deal with its thesis. In light of this ongoing debate stretching nearly a decade, it seems that a further volume is sorely needed. Even more, there is now a pressing need for further definition and clarification of the concepts and ideas that were originally presented, as well as a more precise dialogue over these hotly debated issues in gospel interpretation, with scholars who have been participating in the discussion since its inception. This multi-contributor volume will press forward an important discussion centred upon the audience of the gospels, continuing further the quest for understanding the origin and function of the gospels in early Christianity. Formerly the "Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement", a book series that explores the many aspects of New Testament study including historical perspectives, social-scientific and literary theory, and theological, cultural and contextual approaches. "The Early Christianity in Context" series, a part of JSNTS, examines the birth and development of early Christianity up to the end of the third century CE. The series places Christianity in its social, cultural, political and economic context. "European Seminar on Christian Origins" and "Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Supplement" are also part of JSNTS.

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