In Our Own Language: Personality Types and the Gospel Writers


Why are there four gospel writers? Why are there differences in what the four writers told about Jesus’ years here on earth? Join Ric Keaster in In Our Own Language:  Personality Types and the Gospel Writers as he takes a look at the four gospel writers and their unique personalities and writing styles.

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In Our Own Language:  Personality Types and the Gospel Writers explores the personality types of the writers and how they influenced the gospels. For centuries, man has contemplated why we have four inspired versions of the gospel of Jesus Christ. While the real and complete answer may have to wait for future revelation when “we know as we are known,” this book offers a novel approach to this age-old conundrum. Ric Keaster presents an explanation of how, throughout history, astute observers have analyzed the various personalities that emerge within the general population and have concluded that four main types of gospel writers emerge: analyticals, structurals, conceptuals, and socials.

The remainder of the text given to us by the Gospel writers makes the argument that these four personality types emerge distinctly through the four authors of the New Testament gospels. By analyzing the thinking and writing styles of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Keaster uses points of author emphasis, choice of parables and miracles, even word counts on key terms and concepts, and other evidence to support these claims. He also links this argument with how God used different “languages” when he established His church in Jerusalem.

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Weight1 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .5 in

About the Author


Dr. Ric Keaster is professor of educational leadership at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. After an early career in K-12 teaching and administration, he has spent the last 23 years in higher education in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Kentucky. He enjoys merging his leadership training and experience with his opportunities to teach and preach. He is a member of the Eastside church of Christ in Bowling Green.


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