Because of the extreme importance that the Synoptic Problem has for the modern student of the Scriptures, the late Dr. Stonehouse chose it as the subject of this book. “Ultimately,” wrote Dr. Stonehouse, “one is confronted here with nothing less than decisions regarding the relationship between the Gospels and Jesus Christ. For one cannot seriously evaluate the history of the Christian Church in which the Gospels came into being apart from conclusions as to the place of Jesus Christ within this history.”
Adopting a selective approach, he took what he considered to be the four most crucial questions and analyzed them. They are the questions of authorship, order and independence, apostolic tradition, and ultimate origin. Each of these topics is carefully integrated with the book’s basic them of the Gospels’ witness to Jesus Christ. A second major concern is the drawing of a “clear line of demarcation between Scripture and Tradition” in the final evaluation of the four questions. Throughout, the text is lucid and thoroughly documented.