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The Four Gospels on Sunday
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Premier liturgical theologian Gordon Lathrop argues that far too often liturgy, preaching, and liturgical theology are informed by naïve and outdated exegesis. In another fully original and deeply reflective work, Lathrop partners with newer biblical studies to see the Gospels anew. He treats the Gospels as early witnesses to the meaning of Christian assembly and forces in the shaping and reshaping of liturgy.

Lathrop first probes each Gospel historically and exegetically to discern what it tells us about early Christian worship and Christians' relationship to the Risen One. Then Lathrop treats the Gospels together to draw out more of their contemporary importance, especially ways in which they can enrich our reflection about the assembly itself, ministry, baptism, the use of scripture in liturgy, and unity within ecumenical diversity.

Taking seriously the origins of the New Testament, as we understand them today, Lathrop demonstrates that the Gospels can remain a true catalyst for liturgical theology and liturgical renewal, as well as an inspiring link to the faith and convictions of the earliest followers of the Christian way.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Part One. The Four Beasts: The Gospels and Early Christian Worship
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Beginnings: Assemblies, “Gospel,” Gospels
  2. pp. 3-38
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  1. 2. The Gospels and Meal Meetings
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. 3. Mark in Detail: “There You Will See Him”
  2. pp. 61-92
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  1. 4. Matthew and Luke in Detail: Word and Meal in the Churches
  2. pp. 93-124
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  1. 5. John in Detail: Signs and Discourses on Sunday
  2. pp. 125-150
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  1. Part Two. The Beasts on Our Sundays: Assembly according to the Gospel
  2. pp. 151-152
  1. 6. Word, Sacrament, and Assembly according to the Gospel
  2. pp. 153-176
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  1. 7. Leadership according to the Gospel
  2. pp. 177-190
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  1. 8. The Reforming Gospels: Renewing the Biblical-Liturgical Movement
  2. pp. 191-210
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  1. Index of Biblical Texts
  2. pp. 211-215
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  1. Index of Names and Subjects
  2. pp. 216-220
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