Part 1 The Earliest Christian Gospels and Their Transmission-- 1 Early Christian Imagination and the Gospels, Sean Freyn-- 2 The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ, Martin Hengel-- 3 Literacy, Liturgy and the Shaping of the New Testament Canon, Harry Gamble-- 4 Early Christian Preference for the Codex, Graham Stanton-- 5 The Diatessaron and the Fourfold Gospel, William L. Petersen-- 6 The Nag Hammadi Gospels and the Fourfold Gospel, James Robinson-- 7 The Latin Gospels, Martin McNamara--
Part 2 The Chester Beatty Gospel Codex P45-- 1 The Significance of the Chester Beatty Papyri in Early Church History, Barbara Aland-- 2 Singular Readings in the Gospel Text of P45, J. K. Elliott-- 3 P45 and the Textual History of the Gospel of Mark, Larry Hurtado-- 4 The Chester Beatty Biblical Papyri, Charles Horton-- Illustrations-- Maps-- Bibliography-- Index.
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The Earliest Gospels brings together the latest research on the origins of the gospels and their transmission, by many of the leading international New Testament scholars. It also provides the only guide to one of the most important primary sources in New Testament scholarship, the Chester Beatty Codex P45. Part 1 examines the general contextual background to the gospels: an introduction to the gospel genre, literacy among early Christians, and all that is known about the origins and transmission of the gospels. Part 2 focuses on the significance of P45, its place as the earliest Christian gospel-book, its unique readings, the earliest extant version of the gospel of Mark, and how the manuscript was found piece by piece by an American collector. (source: Nielsen Book Data)