A Harmony of the Gospels for Students: According to the Text of the Revised Standard Version

A Harmony of the Gospels for Students: According to the Text of the Revised Standard Version

A Harmony of the Gospels for Students: According to the Text of the Revised Standard Version

A Harmony of the Gospels for Students: According to the Text of the Revised Standard Version


A classic manual that has gone through more than twenty printings, this book is the first Harmony of the Gospels to use the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. This simple and nontechnical book presents the Gospel materials in parallel columns in order that the Bible reader can compare the varied texts. It does not restrict itself simply to the Synoptic Gospels but includes the Fourth Gospel as well, thus enabling an overview of the major New Testament descriptions of the life and ministry of Jesus.


This harmony is designed for the great body of Bible students, not for the smaller group of biblical scholars. High school, college, and seminary students, pastors and parish workers, Sunday and weekday church school teachers and pupils, parents and young people in the home are in view.

The purpose is to help such students consider the Gospel materials on Christ’s life and teachings as simply, soundly, and fully as possible, with the utmost clarity of insight into the truth.

As long ago as the second century it was recognized that publications which bring the Gospels into some kind of combination serve that purpose because they enable the student to see and grasp the total record more readily.

This publication has no other aim. It does not mean to make any contribution to the body of scholarly data. It does not argue any particular chronology of events. It would neither urge nor set aside any findings of established scholarship concerning relations of the various records. It means only to be for students of this generation another useful aid in effective study of the biblical truth.

It stresses meaningfulness, simplicity, and utility.

The outline is of itself a short “Life of Christ.” It is meant to teach as it proceeds. the headings aim to tell the narrative in the straightforward language of action and disclose the substance of teaching passages as adequately as possible.

The author’s classroom experience in twenty years of teaching with hundreds of students has determined a policy of severe simplification as compared with the usual harmonies. the sternest effort has been made to avoid minutiae of all kinds.

It has been deemed enough to show the major parallels, not tearing every possible parallel out of its context, perhaps, to show its relationship to every other. Crossreferences are sometimes used but they are kept at a minimum compatible with the average student’s needs. Concordances are available for more detailed study.

Transpositions of verses are avoided whenever possible and columns are not regularly broken up and strung out to show exact parallels in an elaborate manner. Continuities of chapters are preserved as fully as possible, and an index is provided for finding passages which have had to be dislocated.

Since an abundance of footnotes is worse than useless, these are reduced to a minimum, excepting those which belong with the text of the Revised Standard Version. All materials appear but once. Throughout, the rule has been to provide a readable book.

It is a four-Gospel harmony because the entire record must be at hand for the study of that which has been called “one Gospel written by four.”

More recently there has been a tendency to use a harmony of the synoptic Gospels only and to separate the Gospel of John for isolated study. This book can be used . . .

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