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The Four Gospels

Kevin Mayhew

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Nicholas King’s fresh rendering of the Four Gospels is innovative and illuminating.
Read the Gospels with a listening heart and you will hear not only the four very different authors who have given us these remarkable texts, but also the voice of the One whom Christians have always recognised down the ages, when they came together to hear the word, and to break bread.


The translation strives to keep as close to the original Greek as possible, often incorporating idiomatic or grammatical peculiarities.


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Product Code1501313
NameThe Four Gospels
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorNicholas King
ISBN9781848674578
Barcode9781848674578
Short DescriptionNicholas King’s fresh rendering of the Four Gospels is innovative and illuminating.
Pack Size1
Size169mm x 232mm
Count247 pages
CoverPaperback
Date Published17 Feb 2012
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‘This translation hits you between the eyes’ Review by Margaret Walker
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‘Congratulations to the poor in spirits – theirs is the kingdom of heaven’. Yes – this is the arresting rendition of Matthew ch5 v 1 – the first of the Beatitudes, in this attractively presented 250-page book. Nicholas King says, in his introduction that there is only one gospel – that of Jesus Christ. However it is presented to us in four texts, each with its distinctive approach.
This book, first published in 2004, was the first for generations to be translated by one person rather than a committee. Nicholas King is a Jesuit priest who spent many years in South Africa and now teaches New Testament studies at Oxford University. He freely admits that no translation can be truly ‘successful’, but his aim is to let the reader experience what it was like to hear or read the Gospels for the first time, and to feel something of their raw power.
Keeping as close as possible to the original Greek, this fresh translation is broken into sections with helpful headings (e.g. ‘Squabbles with Jesus’ religious opponents’ and ‘A woman whose retort changed Jesus’ mind’). Each section is followed by an indented and very helpful commentary, sometimes giving background information, often giving an original slant, and always trying to elucidate the text.
The layout is clear and easy to navigate. Those who have found William Barclay’s commentaries useful will find this book similarly so, and it will be welcomed by sermon writers. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said of this book, ‘This translation hits you between the eyes’. I would add ‘Congratulations to him whose scholarship has produced this cutting edge commentary.’‘Congratulations to the poor in spirits – theirs is the kingdom of heaven’. Yes – this is the arresting rendition of Matthew ch5 v 1 – the first of the Beatitudes, in this attractively presented 250-page book. Nicholas King says, in his introduction that there is only one gospel – that of Jesus Christ. However it is presented to us in four texts, each with its distinctive approach.
This book, first published in 2004, was the first for generations to be translated by one person rather than a committee. Nicholas King is a Jesuit priest who spent many years in South Africa and now teaches New Testament studies at Oxford University. He freely admits that no translation can be truly ‘successful’, but his aim is to let the reader experience what it was like to hear or read the Gospels for the first time, and to feel something of their raw power.
Keeping as close as possible to the original Greek, this fresh translation is broken into sections with helpful headings (e.g. ‘Squabbles with Jesus’ religious opponents’ and ‘A woman whose retort changed Jesus’ mind’). Each section is followed by an indented and very helpful commentary, sometimes giving background information, often giving an original slant, and always trying to elucidate the text.
The layout is clear and easy to navigate. Those who have found William Barclay’s commentaries useful will find this book similarly so, and it will be welcomed by sermon writers. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said of this book, ‘This translation hits you between the eyes’. I would add ‘Congratulations to him whose scholarship has produced this cutting edge commentary.’ (Posted on 23/07/2012)

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Nicholas King

Nicholas King SJ is a Jesuit Priest who taught for many years in South Africa, and then at Oxford University. After a sabbatical year as a Visiting Professor at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, and another year as Academic Director of Theology at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, he is now Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Heythrop College, University of London, and Provincial's Delegate for Formation for the British Jesuit Province.


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