In this book, Roland Meynet offers an entirely new perspective on the Synoptic Gospels, adding further insights to the growing body of modern research into the meanings of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Utilizing the method of rhetorical analysis, of which he is a leading proponent, Meynet studies the composition of the Gospels as they were written and makes it possible to understand them in systematic and unexpected ways. He does not approach these Gospels on the basis of introductory questions, but instead combines critical analysis with the evangelists’ own persuasive intentions.
This is indeed a trail-blazer in Synoptic studies. The fact that the French original is made available in English within a year of its publication is remarkable. This means that the influence of this novel approach to the Synoptics will be far reaching in the scholarly community.
A New Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels is an updated analysis of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Meynet seeks to provide another angle of understanding of these works and how modern thought brings a whole new light to the works, as he uses his own critical analysis and hopes to understand the intentions of those who penned these works all those years ago. A New Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels is a must for any student of Christian studies who wants to understand the faith further.
—Midwest Book Review
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Roland Meynet, a French Jesuit, is presently a professor of biblical theology at the Papal Gregorian University in Rome, and was the former director of its Department of Biblical Theology. He is a founding member and currently the secretary of the International Society for the Studies of Biblical and Semitic Rhetoric in Rome, and is one of the most important and renowned promoters of the rhetorical method as it applies to biblical and Semitic texts. His numerous books and academic articles have contributed significantly to contemporary biblical studies. In 2006, he was awarded the Grand prix de philosophie de l’Académie Française.