This series of papers represents a moment in the continuing discussion of Gospel origins. It grew out of the International Symposium in the Interrelations among the Gospels, held in Jerusalem in 1984. This event made it clear that progress in discussion of the order of composition of the Synoptic Gospels demanded research into the stage of tradition which preceded the writing down of the Gospels. The volume explores the importance of the oral tradition, as well as a realization that the written Gospels depend on a period of oral transmission in the Christian communities, which has been one of the salient contributions of the twentieth century to the study of the Gospels.
Henry Wansborough is the English member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and Lecturer in New Testament at Oxford University.