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The Complete Gospels: Annotated Scholar's Version [Paperback]

By Robert J. Miller (Author)
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Pages   480
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 6" Height: 0.95"
Weight:   1.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1995
Publisher   Polebridge Press
ISBN  0944344496  
EAN  9780944344491  

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The Complete Gospels includes all twenty of the known gospels from the early Christian era, clearly presented for the scholar, student and general reader alike. The new Scholars Version translation captures the full spirit and vitality of the original texts.

This gospel picture of early traditions and Christian origins gives the reader a fresh and exciting glimpse into the world of Jesus and his followers. Informative and highly-readable introductions, essays, notes, and annotations make this work a remarkably comprehensive one-volume library of all gospel texts.

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Amazing  Mar 5, 2008
This is an incredible find for anyone interested in the early church and early ideas that fed into the development of christianity and gnostic traditions. The translation is excellent - the book is worth it for this alone - it is an extremely readable and accurate translation of all the the gospels. In addition, the authors' have done an excellent job of contextualizing the different gospels both historically and in relation to each other. This is just an amazing volume that I cherish as someone who is interested in the early Christian movement. I give this volume a very strong endorsement.
Wonderful  Jun 6, 2007
I really enjoyed this book immensly. It is a wonderful look into the gnostic gospels, I spent many hours devouring its contents. A must read for Christians and spiritual seekers in general.
Excellent Tool for One's Own Faith and Sermon Preparation  Nov 12, 2006
I do lay preaching on occasion as well as a great deal of Bible study. This book helps with both. The broad range of "possible" gospels which are translated with good footnotes force on to reconsider what one thought was the bedrock truth of the church.

Early Christianity was vibrant and far more varied than is the current version. It is good to know. The early Christians were trying to understand of what it was they were a part. The early gospels as well as other letters and scraps of documents illuminate faith exploration.

After sermons, I have had a number of folk comment on how the information in this book made them think about their faith, rather than simply be somewhat robotic and zone out during the service.
Rea'em in language of their time!  Nov 5, 2006
Language is contextual - the same words used in science for 100 yrs ago sound a bit different today. Objectivity then compared to today, or the word god in ancient Greek and 18th century Britain.

The Scholar's version takes the above issue very seriously - they want to let the text say what it said then, to the readers and believers of 1st century followers of Jesus from Nazareth. A word such as "master" was for the 1st followers the same thing as the English "sir", something that is funny when reading the gospels. The translation tries to evoke the sense of Greek literary technique in the English language. This they do, not only for the four gospels, but for the gospels found in Nag Hammadi (Thomas, Hebrews, Philip) or the gospel of Mary, which was found earlier. The Eagorton gospel (some four verses) is included and also the secret gospel in Marc, which is quoted in footnotes to Marc.

The whole Christian tradition is served for us, in a fresh language, missing the hegemonic complicated Christian context of trinity, Christ as god's son and so forth. Jesus Christ is translated as Jesus the Anointed, the verse in Matthew about being perfect as god is perfect has been rendered as love wholly as god is wholly love. This verse in Matthew is the only weird rendered one and one should just take it as it is. The kingdom of god/heaven is rendered as the imperial rule of god, capturing the essence of Jesus' message, a rule in heart, today and not a messianic kingdom in some far future.

There are introductions to every gospel according to current gospel research and there are comeo essays (essays focusing of certain topics). The footnotes give alternative translations/formulations, describing some terms or cities, giving historical details and clarifications. The translation is updated than the one used in "The five gospels". There is a flow in the language, which makes reading easy, you don't stumble (try to read King James version ...)

I would not call the Scholar's version a pseudo-translation, such as the Living Bible or so. It is a direct translation of a detailed comparison of current existing texts of all gospels. I would not call it "coloured" besides the fact that scholars are not translating the texts for proving the messiahship of Jesus, but to render a text in the tone of those days for us. It is a the difficult task but they have done it perfectly. Don't expect hearing Conservative Christians quoting these gospels - this book in a book for those seeking the historical truth, not the divine one.
How can one discern the lessons of Jesus without reading his words?   Jul 23, 2006
Since I first read this collection of Gospels in 2004,I have given away at least 20 copies. I am amazed that 10's of millions of people who have never even read the 4 Gospels, call themselves Christians. I am utterly amazed that people who love the teachings of Jesus have not read the Gospels of Thomas because it is not in the Bible! Non-Christians can read this and know all they need to know to dialog with Christians about what Jesus said. Any Christian can easily read this book and see how the Church dogma of today has strayed from the Teachings as they were originally recorded. Jesus never said a word about homosexuality but Christians [who have never read the Gospels?] in this nation are convinced that he condemned all homosexual forms of love[my observation, not the editors]. The thing I like most about Miller's work, is that there are no interpretations of the lessons in this book, only interpretations of the words used to teach them. I highly recommend it!

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