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Matthew's gospel usually heads the list of the three synoptic gospels because he was an eye-witness from the beginning. And this tradition can be traced back to some very early references to a gospel by Matthew in 'the language of Hebrews'. So until the end of the nineteenth century, the First Gospel was attributed to Matthew.
However, a more scientific study of the three synoptic gospels showed us that the question is not quite so simple.
Fr. Bill Yeomans (1925-1989) was a member of the editorial team which founded The Way. He was one of those who, from the 1960s onwards, applied the new movements in the Church - biblical, liturgical, theological - to the spiritual life.
'This beautifully written book displays a profound understanding of the Fourth Gospel - fruit, obviously, of long study and contemplation. Notable is the skilful use of the Old Testament background. It would be hard to find a more enlightening and enriching introduction to John. Reflections at the close...
Details Like Father, Like Son sets out to indicate how, when we try to express the truth of who God is and how God acts, we need to think the unthinkable – that God is fully revealed in a human life....