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Consequently, for balance, I intend to evaluate this particular film from a number of interrelated perspectives, viz: Gibson's declared intentions, the level of historical accuracy, the known development of the canonical Gospels, the theological teachings of both contemporary and sectarian Catholics and most importantly, the phenomenon of the film itself.
The adjective "synoptic" not only characterizes his approach but also serves to suggest the similarity between his task and those of students of the "synoptic problem" connected with the first three canonical Gospels.
Nor are the familiar animal creche figures, so ubiquitous today, found in the canonical gospels.
Although each of these documents was called a "gospel," they are very different from the four canonical gospels.
18), and endeavors in particular to elucidate the role of storytellers who circulated and transmitted the material before its written phase, I think the main contribution of this volume lies in the literary parallels it provides to students of the canonical Gospels.
The book moves this way because I look at the texts of the canonical Gospels through the lenses of their Nachleben or afterlife as well as their prelife.
The canonical Gospels tell us little about Jesus' foster-father, yet we have come to accept certain images of him as normative.
The essays consider Toland's most controversial work, Nazarenus, which analyzes the Gospel of Barnabas and an Irish manuscript of the four canonical Gospels, and claims the discovery of an unknown Gospel.
This is one of the few stones that appears in all four canonical gospels.
often get in trouble when they stray too far from the four canonical Gospels and other textual sources within the Bible when fashioning their Jesus characters.
So here we have two principles, remembering and forgetting, that the church invokes in different circumstances and for different purposes in order to realize and remain faithful to its true nature: remembering the authentic tradition beginning with Jesus, the canonical Gospels, and other writings of the New Testament; and forgetting what the church, in its remembering of the authentic tradition, comes to see as unnecessary to or even incompatible with it.
Perhaps Jesus' contemporaries saw him as a prophet speaking for God, but the four canonical gospels all portray him as much more than a prophet.