The Gospels: A New Translation

The Gospels: A New Translation cover

An “electrifying [and] compulsively readable” new translation of the Gospels, destined to become a definitive edition of these canonical texts, from “one of our greatest living translators” (The Christian Science Monitor)

“For anyone wanting to read the Gospels anew . . . a welcome and challenging companion.”—The New Yorker


Since nearly two millennia ago, the first four books of the New Testament have been formative texts for the modern world. 

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell of the life and ministry of Jesus. These four separate versions of the same story show complex origins, intricate interweavings, and inherent contradictions. 

Faithfully pointing the reader back to the original Greek, this masterful new translation from the renowned scholar and acclaimed translator Sarah Ruden is the first to reconsider the Gospels as books to be read and understood on their own terms: grounded in contemporary languages, literatures, and cultures, full of their own particular drama, humor, and reasoning, and free from later superimposed ideologies. 

The result is a striking and persuasive reappraisal of the accounts of these four authors, and presents a new appreciation of the ancient world as the foundation of our modern one. This robust and eminently readable translation is a welcoming ground on which a variety of readers can meet, and a resource for new debate, discussion, and inspiration for years to come.

Sarah Ruden was educated at the University of Michigan, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins. She has translated a number of ancient literary works, among them Vergil's Aeneid and Augustine's Confessions, and is the author of Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time and The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible. She is a past recipient of Guggenheim and Whiting awards, and completed the Gospels translation with the help of a grant from the Robert B. Silvers Foundation. Formerly a scholar-in-residence at Yale Divinity School, she is currently a visiting researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.

ISBN: 9780399592966

ISBN-10: 9780399592966

Publisher: Modern Library

Publication Date: 02/14/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 02/14/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 416

Language: English


Religion / Biblical Studies / New Testament / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts

Religion / Biblical Studies / Bible Study Guides

Religion / Biblical Studies / History & Culture