A Harmony of the Synoptic Gospels for Historical and Critical Study

A Harmony of the Synoptic Gospels for Historical and Critical Study

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A Harmony of the Synoptic Gospels for Historical and Critical Study

A Harmony of the Synoptic Gospels for Historical and Critical Study

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This Harmony, like the Harmony of the Four Gospels prepared by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest D. Burton, and published first in 1894 and in a revised edition in 1904, is intended to promote and facilitate the historical study of the gospels. Twenty-three years ago, in this country at least, it was natural that a book of this character intended especially for use by the young and unlearned rather than by mature scholars should include the four gospels. The progress in the study of the gospels that has been made in two decades, and the popularization of the results of such study have brought it to pass that today there is as much need of a Harmony of the Synoptic Gospels which shall exhibit their parallelism, word by word, as there was in 1894 for a Harmony of the Four Gospels showing their parallelism paragraph by paragraph. It is now a commonplace of biblical study on the one hand that the Fourth Gospel is the product of a later time than that in which the Synoptic Gospels were produced and of a different kind of literary process; and on the other, that the first three gospels are related to one another by an intimate genealogical connection. These facts even the college student is called upon to recognize and take into account in his endeavor to ascertain the facts of Jesus' life and the elements of his teaching. To aid the student in perceiving the facts and their significance this book has been prepared. It is our hope to follow it in a few months by the issue of a work similar in character but employing the Greek text. But we are convinced that large and increasing numbers of students of the New Testament who do not read Greek are entitled to have the evidence put before them in the clearest way possible in English, and that the main facts are as perceptible in an English text properly arranged as in the Greek.

Our study of the Synoptic Problem, extending now through many years, has led us to certain very definite conclusions respecting the relation of the Synoptic Gospels to one another, and their literary sources. The purpose of this book . . .

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