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James Kelhoeffer on the Gospel Titles

A good middle ground position between the theses of Martin Hengel and Helmut Koester can be found in James A. Kelhoffer, “‘How Soon a Book’ Revisited: ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΟΝ as a Reference to ‘Gospel’ Materials in the First Half of the Second Century.” Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche 95 (2004): 1–34. I think he is right to defend certain references in the Didache and 2 Clement that Koester sidelined as evidence for the use of “gospel” as a title and he also examines other textual references that are not usually surveyed such as the longer ending to Mark.

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