Did the first generation of Christians correctly understand the mind of Jesus? Did they rightly interpret the meaning of his life? Did they faithfully transmit the message they received from him? In discussing these important issues of New Testament study, the author first surveys the conclusions of critical authorities on the Synoptic Gospols and examines the development in views of Gospel origins. The second part of the book deals with the ""continuity between Jesus and the Primitive Church"" and discusses the God of history, the centrality of Jesus, the power of spirit and the moral fiber of faith. Not for the popular audience but for the more serious students of the New Testament. The author is Professor of New Testament literature and History at Presbyterian Tological Seminary.