An introduction to the complex problem of the importance to be given to the Gospels in Christian theology, this book is intended for beginning students in theological studies. It does not aim to be a study in depth, although it draws upon the best current research. The author distinguishes between the Gospels and the Epistles in the New Testament by saying that the Gospels are principally concerned with historical accounts about Jesus, within the framework of the preaching of the early church; whereas the Epistles have a minimal concern with the historical and are principally engaged in elaborating this preaching. Recent emphasis upon the Epistles, and the questioning of the value of ""Jesus research"" have resulted in a ""de-canonizing"" of the Gospels. As a result, a new interest in ""hermencuties"" the study of the relation of history and faith, has come into prominence. The author examines the synoptics and the Johanine Gospels in detail. Clearly written and balanced in point of view, this book should serve well the audience for whom it is intended.