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Posted: Thursday Mar 15, 2012

March 14, 2012

Dr. Christopher McMahon, associate professor of theology at Saint Vincent College in the School of Humanities and Fine Arts, is the author of a new book, Reading the Gospels: Biblical Interpretation in the Catholic Tradition, published by Anselm Academic in Winona, Minnesota.

Reading the Gospels provides teachers and students with the tools to bring the study of the Gospels to life,” Dr. McMahon said. “The book’s approach – that of the historical-critical method – is the one considered by the Pontifical Biblical Commission as ‘the indispensable method for the scientific study of the meaning of ancient texts’.”

“The book includes pedagogical tools that will aid the professor and help students to proactively engage in scriptural analysis themselves,” Dr. McMahon added. “Beginning with introductory historical chapters that put into context for the student the circumstances in which the Gospels came to be, the book includes detailed analyses of select Gospel passages from a historical and literary perspective, alternative interpretations of the Gospel texts for students to consider, and a number of sidebars and peripheral discussions to help students engage a wide range of issues related to the study of the Gospels. A basic introduction to the canonical Gospels and the issues related to their interpretation, Reading the Gospels hopes to engage students in the kind of detailed analysis necessary for the success of their own future research and scholarly work.”

The book is the third textbook Dr. McMahon has written for the Minnesota-based publisher, the others being Jesus Our Salvation: An Introduction to Christology (2007) and Called Together: An Introduction to Ecclesiology (2010).

Dr. McMahon’s student research assistant for the book project was Ashley Myers, a junior history and theology major at Saint Vincent College from Allentown.


Photo: Dr. Christopher McMahon, left, and Ashley Myers. 


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