The Gospels in Current Study

Baker, 1980
ISBN: 0801053161


Originally published in 1972 and updated in 1980, The Gospels in Current Study provides a valuable survey of studies on the Gospels going on in the mid- to late-twentieth century. Writing a work that is both scholarly and popular, Kistemaker seeks to provide a helpful summary of Gospel studies, acknowledging that while we would like to keep up on studies, we simply don’t have time to do so. In the preface, Kistemaker notes, “It has not been my aim to present an exhaustive and complete compendium; rather this book intends to be a readable and informative survey of recent Gospel studies. . . . this survey gives the reader a nodding acquaintance with and an ability to speak intelligently about these studies.”

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Key Features

  • Discusses the study of the Gospels in the later twentieth century
  • Provides a concise look at views of the Gospel
  • Includes an overview of manuscripts discovered in the middle of the century


  • Manuscripts
    • Gospel of Thomas
    • Dead Sea Scrolls
    • Papyri
  • Readings
    • Translations
    • Textual Criticism
    • Literary Criticism
  • Criticism
    • Source Criticism
    • Form Criticism
    • Redaction Criticism
    • Audience Criticism
  • Hermeneutics
    • The Historical Jesus
    • The New Hermeneutic
  • Gospel
    • Church and Gospel
    • Words of Jesus
  • The Gospels
    • Matthew
    • Mark
    • Luke
    • John
  • Theology
    • Son of Man
    • Son of God
    • Resurrection
  • Interpretation

Praise for the Print Edition

An excellent account of modern critical study. . . . Kistemaker’s answer to the claims of radical criticism are usually quite brief, but often incisive.

Donald Hagner, Christianity Today

A fresh and informative survey of twentieth-century critical scholarship.

—Robert V. Unmack, Central Seminary Review

This volume is . . . succinct and shows the touch of a scholar.

Willard H. Taylor, Nazarene Theological Seminary Tower

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About Simon J. Kistemaker

Simon J. Kistemaker is professor emeritus of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Born in the Netherlands, he studied at Calvin College, and Calvin Theological Seminary before earning his ThD at the Free University in Amsterdam. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 1976, and has written a number of books, including several volumes in the Baker New Testament Commentary series, begun by William Hendriksen. Kistemaker won the Gold Medallion Evangelical Book of the Year Award for four of his volumes in this series.


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