Title: The Gospels Interwoven
Publisher: Reprint by Wipf and Stock Publishers
Date of Publication: orig. 1987; reprint 2001
Author: Kermit Zarley
Weight: 1.42 pounds
Dimensions: 6.14 x 0.94 x 9.5
Page Count: 416
Category: 1. Harmony of the Gospels 2. Life of Jesus
The foreword in The Gospels Interwoven is by S. Lewis Johnson, Jr., former Professor of New Testament and Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago. This book includes endorsements by Evangelist Billy Graham and Dick Halverson, former Chaplain to the United States Senate for ten years. Graham states that the book is “highly readable and understandable … will add a new and rich dimension to your appreciation of God’s Word.” Halverson claims that it is “a scholarly work … that deserves attention of not only the laity,… but of pastors and teachers as well.”
Indeed, some college and university professors have used The Gospels Interwoven in teaching their courses on the New Testament gospels. In 1988, The Gospels Interwoven was awarded a Silver Angel award at the eleventh annual Religion and Media Angel Awards in Los Angeles, California.
By the late 1990s, The Gospels Interwoven also was out-of-print. In 2002, Wipf and Stock Publishers republished The Gospels Interwoven with a different cover in slick paperback and perfect binding. They do on-demand publishing, so that this book should continue to be in print.
The Gospel is a 237-page soft cover book published in 1987 by Victor Books, a division of Scripture Press. It is a single-narrative (=composite) harmony of the four New Testament gospels in the words of the New International Version of the Holy Bible (NIV). So, it is a chronological narrative of the life of Jesus interweaving every detail of the four gospels together, yet eliminating repetition. The result is a condensation representing 75% of the four gospels. This compilation has been very carefully produced by rigorously adhering to “Ten Principles of Composition” drafted by the author. The chronological arrangement of events in the life of Jesus has not been achieved arbitrarily but determined by a sophisticated table which shows the majority view of the chronology of each event by thirteen scholars who produced the most popular gospel harmonies in English over the past 325 years.
The Gospel was later translated into German, adapted and published by Hanssler-Verlag in paperback in 1992 under the title Das Leben Jesu. This book was republished by Hanssler with a different hard cover in 2000 and again in 2009.
Over half of The Gospel was also included in a devotional book entitled 101 Days in the Gospels with Oswald Chambers (Victor Books, 1992). The Gospel was out-of-print in the late 1990s and is no longer available except through used book dealer.
It is a single-narrative (=composite) harmony of the four New Testament gospels in the words of the New International Version of the Holy Bible (NIV). It is therefore a chronological narrative of the life of Jesus interweaving every detail of the four gospels together yet eliminating repetition.
“It may well become a classic”
~ Evangelist Billy Graham
“Kermit Zarley has made the New Testament’s timeless message come alive in a fresh way by combining the four Gospels into one continuous narrative. Those unfamiliar with the Bible will find this a highly readable and understandable introduction to the life and teachings of Christ. Those who have studied the Bible for years will discover that *The Gospels Interwoven* will add a new and rich dimension to their appreciation of God’s Word. It may well become a classic.”
~ Billy Graham, Evangelist
“. . . A scholarly work at a time when biblical scholarship in harmonization of the Gospels is under question and criticism. A work that deserves attention of not only the laity, who will be greatly helped by it, but of pastors and teachers as well.”
~ Richard C. Halverson Chaplain, United States Senate
“I have known Kermit Zarley for years as a diligent student of the Bible, and remember his visiting seminary libraries to read and study even when playing golf on the PGA Tour. . .. To read the Gospels in such a book as *The Gospels Interwoven* is to expose oneself to an immediate, uninterrupted, and straightforward personal encounter with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
~ Dr. S. Lewis Johnson, Jr., Former Professor of New Testament Dallas Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Kermit Zarley’s The Gospels Interwoven is simply the best harmony of the four gospels of the New Testament. Instead of putting texts side by side, this book strings together all the words of Jesus and all the narrative framework into one readable book. I have used it in my classes for a decade and students love it.”
~ Dr. Scot McKnight, Religious Studies Professor, North Park University, Chicago
The Gospels Interwoven by Kermit Zarley is absolutely the FINEST . . . In my research I have been able to identify about 60 different blended harmonies of the 4 gospels. Because of their publication date, many of these are based on the KJV or the ASV or are an original translation done by the author. Zarley’s The Gospels Interwoven uses the NIV and therefore, at least for me and my congregation, is MUCH MORE USEFUL and HELPFUL than the other 59. Another strength of The Gospels Interwoven is that Zarley mostly uses Thomas and Gundry’s sequence of events. They are tops in that area. Finally, if the Lord appeared in my office right now and told me that I could only keep 10 of my books, The Gospels Interwoven by Kermit Zarley would be one of them. I really can’t imagine my library without it. So, if you don’t own it, stop what you are doing, get online and buy it TODAY! For the rest of your life you will be glad you did.
~ Mike Sublett, Pastor of Hi-Land Christian Church; Pampa, Texas (May 7, 2008)