Chapter 13 Student Reading Guide

The Historical Jesus: Sources, Problems, and Methods

1. What were the three Gospels known to be in use among JewishChristians, and how were they similar to and different from one another?

2. What is the Gospel of Peter, and how does it compare with the Gospels of the New Testament? What are its contents? What are its most striking stories? What about it makes it appear to have been written after the New Testament Gospels?

3. How do the sayings of Thomas compare with those of the Synoptics? How can Thomas be thought of as similar to Q? What is the basic message conveyed by this collection of sayings?