In Reading the Gospels Wisely Jonathan Pennington examines the theological and ethical aims of the Gospel narratives, helping students see the interpretive fruit of historical and literary study. He contends that we can learn to read the Gospels well from various vantage points, including those of pre-modern, modern, and postmodern habits and postures.
This book is ideally suited to supplement conventional introductory books on the New Testament that discuss each Gospel systematically. Most textbooks tend to introduce students to historical-critical concerns but may be less adequate for showing how the Gospel narratives, read as Scripture within the canonical framework of the entire New Testament and the whole Bible, yield material for theological reflection and faithful practice.
Pennington neither dismisses nor duplicates the results of current historical-critical work on the Gospels as historical sources. Rather, he offers critically aware and hermeneutically intelligent instruction in reading the Gospels in order to hear their witness to Christ in a way that supports Christian application and proclamation. This text will appeal to professors and students in Gospels, New Testament survey, and New Testament interpretation courses.