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Fortress Introduction to the Gospels

Fortress Introduction to the Gospels

With clarity and verve, Mark Allan Powell describes the contents and structure of the Gospels, their distinctive characteristics, and their major themes. An introductory chapter surveys the political, religious, and social world of the Gospels, methods of approaching early Christian texts, the genre of the Gospels, and the religious character of these writing. Included also are comments on the Gospels that are not found in the New Testament.

Special features, including illustrations and more than two dozen special topics, enhance this convenient volume.


  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800630751
  • eBook ISBN 9781451413694
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 192
  • Publication Date January 6, 1998


"A reliable and lucid description of contemporary Gospel studies for the general reader. Mark Powell writes so clearly that this book will easily serve for individual study and church groups as well as a text in introductory bible courses."
—Pheme Perkins, Boston College

"In relatively small compass, Mark Powell has managed to resent the information that is essential to a sound understanding of the origin and nature of the Gospels. This little gem of a book is enhanced by numerous charts and diagrams, making it an ideal classroom textbook."
—Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

Introduction: Four Stories of Jesus

1. From Jesus to Us
2. The Gospel of Mark
3. The Gospel of Matthew
4. The Gospel of Luke
5. The Gospel of John

Appendix: The Other Gospels

Map of Palestine in the Time of Jesus
Scripture Index
Index of Names