What the Gospels Meant by Garry Wills

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“A remarkable achievement—a learned yet eminently readable and provocative exploration of the four small books that reveal most of what’s known about the life and death of Jesus.” (Los Angeles Times)

In his New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant and What Paul Meant, Garry Wills offers tour-de-force interpretations of Jesus and the Apostle Paul. Here Wills turns his remarkable gift for biblical analysis to the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Wills examines the goals, methods, and styles of the evangelists and how these shaped the gospels' messages. Hailed as "one of the most intellectually interesting and doctrinally heterodox Christians writing today" (The New York Times Book Review), Wills guides readers through the maze of meanings within these foundational texts, revealing their essential Christian truths.

About Garry Wills

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GARRY WILLS has written many acclaimed works and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. He is professor emeritus of history at Northwestern University and lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Published February 14, 2008 by Penguin Books. 236 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Wills’s follow-up to his bestselling works, What Jesus Meant and What Paul Meant , sheds new light on the four books of

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The New York Times

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A Catholic scholar decodes the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

Mar 02 2008 | Read Full Review of What the Gospels Meant


The believer will find as much to challenge his understanding of God as will the skeptic - and both will leave the book the richer for it.

Nov 19 2017 | Read Full Review of What the Gospels Meant


The clarity of “What Jesus Meant” its humor, anger and sadness make it a necessary read for believers and nonbelievers alike, as arguments over religion, faith and Jesus will certainly continue to shake and shape our culture.

May 07 2006 | Read Full Review of What the Gospels Meant

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