Offsite Review: Reading the Gospels Wisely by Jonathan Pennington

Pennington, Jonathan T., Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological IntroductionBrian LePort from has a review of Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction by Jonathan Pennington.  LePort thinks that this would be the book he would use, along with the gospels, to actually teach gospels in a seminary or church setting.  Sounds like good book to pick up.

I prefer the conjunctions both/and to either/or, so this book was one of my favorite to read in 2012. Pennington’s approach to the Gospels is to encourage readers to see the value in the historical-grammatical (I’d add critical), literary, and theological approaches, rather than choosing one way to read the text. When I read the Gospels I find value in everything from working on the Synoptic Problem, to doing historical studies on the context within which the text was formed, to Lectio Divina. I read the Gospels as historical texts and as active, living Scripture. This is what Pennington’s book is “about”, reading. It is not a typical hermeneutics textbook, nor is it your common introduction to the Gospels, but a hybrid of the two.

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