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The Four: A Survey of the Gospels

The Four A Survey of the Gospels Doubling as both scholar and guide Leithart dives deep into the fascinating web woven by Matthew Mark Luke and John The Four covers everything from running themes within each book to technical iss

  • Title: The Four: A Survey of the Gospels
  • Author: Peter J. Leithart
  • ISBN: 9781591280804
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Paperback
  • Doubling as both scholar and guide, Leithart dives deep into the fascinating web woven by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John The Four covers everything from running themes within each book to technical issues like the synoptic problem Written for high school students and beyond, this book includes review and thought questions throughout each chapter, as well as a bibliDoubling as both scholar and guide, Leithart dives deep into the fascinating web woven by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John The Four covers everything from running themes within each book to technical issues like the synoptic problem Written for high school students and beyond, this book includes review and thought questions throughout each chapter, as well as a bibliography and scripture index.

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    1. Peter J. Leithart

      Peter Leithart received an A.B in English and History from Hillsdale College in 1981, and a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1986 and 1987 In 1998 he received his Ph.D at the University of Cambridge in England He has served in two pastorates He was pastor of Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church now Trinity Presbyterian Church , Birmingham, Alabama from 1989 to 1995, and was founding pastor of Trinity Reformed Church, Moscow, Idaho, and served on the pastoral staff at Trinity from 2003 2013 From 1998 and 2013 he taught theology and literature at New St Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho, where he continues to teach as an adjunct Senior Fellow He now serves as President of Trinity House in Alabama, where is also resident Church Teacher at the local CREC church He and his wife, Noel, have ten children and five grandchildren.

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    1. A wonderful follow-up book to Leithart's A House For My Name, this one focusing on the gospels. I hope he plans to do a third to complete the set, focusing on a survey of the entire the New Testament as the completion of God's house.That said, this book was a great study on the gospels, focusing on the complementary aspects of them, showing the continuity and richness of the theology contained in them. With deft and able skills, Leithart deflects the common assumptions about Jesus. His section o [...]


    2. This book is a very accessible introduction to the four gospels found in the New Testament. It is, as it says, a survey; so it is a good place to start. It is also a good book for those seasoned in the scriptures as it gives a refreshing new perspective.The gospels are seen as a symphony in four movements beginning with Matthew and ending with John. We begin with the Jews (Matthew) and Jesus as Rabbi teaching the true meaning of Torah; followed by Jesus as strong Messiah/ lion sent to spoil the [...]


    3. This is book was packed full of biblical-theological insights. While I did not agree with every connection that he made, I always gain at least some new insight from Leithart's works. My understanding of the Gospels has been enriched from this book. Highly recommended!




    4. Great in two major respects: the overall view of the Four as an organic whole and the distinct contributions of each gospel. Very helpful!


    5. This book is amazing! If you haven't read Leithart's A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament it is a must. This book follows where A House for my name leaves off. I'm hoping and wondering if there will be another volume to follow this.The Four covers the four gospels. If you've been unable to read the gospels as nothing more than a collection of the stories of Jesus' life, this book will help you. If you've been unable to read the gospels as nothing more than slightly different versio [...]


    6. spoiledmilks dot wordpress dot com/2015/03/15/review-the-four-a-survey-of-the-gospels/Letihart's concern here is for those who miss the point of the Gospels. While much of the technical Christological discussions are good and important, Leithart asks, "Whatever happened to the Gospels in all this? Haven't we left the living, risen Jesus buried in a cave of jargon and metaphysics?" (p 13). The Chocolate MilkBesides the latter half of the chapter on Matthew, I enjoyed the readings on all of the Go [...]


    7. This book is a must-have. The current cover has four pictures on it: an ox, a lion, an eagle, and a man. The cover explains the whole book! Each of the Gospels presents Jesus from a different perspective (something I always knew, but wasn't sure how to demonstrate). Leithart takes the paradigm given in the Old Testament of the four faces of the cherubim, and applies it to the Gospel accounts. Matthew is a Jewish Gospel, showing how Jesus retraces the steps of Israel through the era of the kings, [...]


    8. Another wonderful contribution to biblical scholarship and the edification of the Church by Peter Leithart!The only negative comment I can make is same criticism that I have felt before when reading Peter's books: NOT ENOUGH - I WANT MORE! I especially felt this about his comments on Matthew (although everything he gave us in groundbreaking and important). The Four is like his "A House for My Name" - Focusing on the biblical theology, themes and structures of the Gospels. Most important is his a [...]


    9. Leithart is always a fascinating read. Very clear writing—so winsome. This isn't an exhaustive survey of the gospels (see Carson & Moo, or Blomberg). But Leithart gives us a sense of the gospels that stick. This is classical, theological writing that reflects on the text. His exegesis flows (though, sometimes questionable) from his reflections, not the other way around. Leithart is one of the best writers in evangelicalism. He has very simple prose, but very beautiful. It is a delight to r [...]


    10. Read this immediately following "A House For My Name" and in the same way that "House" walks through the Old Testament, "Four" walks through the each of the four gospels (Leithart treats Acts along with Luke). This is every bit as good as "House" and I highly recommend it to all who have read the previous volume. I sincerely hope that Leithart does another volume on the remainder of the NT. I'd love to see him tackle the Revelation of John. I just can't say enough good about "House" and "The Fou [...]


    11. This is basically a continuation of Leithart’s earlier book, A House For My Name, extended to the four gospels. Though readers of that earlier work (which I can’t recommend enough), as well as the works of James Jordan, should be sufficiently acquainted with the espoused hermeneutical approach to form many of the same connections and draw many of the same conclusions themselves, there is still plenty of fresh insight presented here, and in a way that few besides Leithart could offer.


    12. Excellent. Does a great job at highlighting each of the gospels' unique contribution to the witness of Christ. Leithart also satisfies the reader by teasing out the various Old Testament themes that are woven into each of the gospels thus accomplishing the great task of displaying how all of Scripture declares Christ.


    13. This is a very good short survey of the four Gospels. As usual, Peter Leithart thinks outside the box and gets me thinking out there too. This is a follow up to his book A House for My Name. Hopefully, Dr. Leithart will eventually do something similar with other books in the New Testament; like Hebrews and Revelation. One can hope.


    14. Phenomenal. If you thought Rosenstock-Huessy's Fruit of the Lips was good, get this. One strength of this book is that anyone can read and profit. High school students can work and pastors will find a trove to tease out.


    15. Excellent introduction to the Gospels and the New TestamentThis book is a great for someone who was wants a view insightful and concise introductory to the Gospels and their story/themes. I would recommend it highly.


    16. A really fantastic read! This book, in conjunction with Leithart's "A House for My Name," has had a profound effect on the way I read & understand the Bible. I highly recommend this book to anyone interest in how the story of the Gospel relates to the rest of scripture.



    17. I highly recommend it. It is giving me a sharper understanding of the life and times surrounding what happened to Jesus Christ.Provides a basis for understanding the 4 Gospels in contextis a tremendous springboard for discussion and study and is terrific for group like our men's group.




    18. It isn't a House for My Name II, but it does include a lot of good stuff. The inter-testamental summary is a really nice, concise resource just to have on the shelf. Very fun.






    19. Tries to be two books: intro to NT and analysis of the gospels, but he does not really a complete thought of either. Has potential but feels unfinished.


    20. Excellent. Explains the purpose and themes of each gospel as a literary work, independent of the other 3. Very engaging.


    21. This little book brings forth a whole new vision for the four Gospels by linking them together in ways most people would never see. Could not recommend it more!


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