This booklet focuses on the part of the Bible everyone knows best: the Gospels. Or are they as well known as we think? Why are there four accounts of Jesus life and why do they sometimes give quite different accounts of the same events? This very accessible and enjoyable study will help readers gain a greater understanding of the Gospel writers' intentions and introduces some key concepts in biblical studies, including: exploring original sources (source criticism), discovering how the texts actually came together (form criticism), examining the differences between each Gospel (redaction criticism), and reflecting on their message for us today (exegesis /practical theology).
JOHN HOLDSWORTH was previously Principal of St Michael's College Llandaf, and is now Archdeacon of St David's. He is the author of The SCM Study Guide to the Old Testament.