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Norman Perrin (1920-1976) was Associate Professor of New Testament, at the Divinity School, University of Chicagomarker. Professor Perrin was internationally known for his work on Redaction Criticism of the New Testament.

According to Norman Perrin (WHAT IS REDACTION CRITICISM? 1969) the project of Redaction analysis begins with the proposition that the Gospel of Mark is the earliest Gospel, and that the Gospels of Matthew, Luke and John used the Gospel of Mark as a model, more or less loosely. The modifications (redactions) they made to Mark are fairly easy to discern. However, if we also assume that there was an oral tradition before the Gospel of Mark (or, as some say, a very early written tradition, or Ur-Marcus) it is clearly a scientific challenge to discern its exact contours, and where the author may have made changes, if any.

The contribution made by Professor Norman Perrin in this new science is still widely today.


  • The kingdom of God in the teaching of Jesus, by Norman Perrin (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1963).
  • The Eucharistic Words of Jesus, by Joachim Jeremias, translated Norman Perrin (London: SCM Press, 1966).
  • Rediscovering the Teaching of Jesus, by Norman Perrin (New York: Harper & Row, 1967).
  • The Promise of Bultmann, by Norman Perrin (New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1969).
  • What is redaction criticism?, by Norman Perrin (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1969).
  • A modern pilgrimage in New Testament christology., by Norman Perrin (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1974).
  • The New Testament: An Introduction: Proclamation and Parenesis, Myth and History., by Norman Perrin (Harcourt College Pub., 1974).
  • Jesus and the language of the kingdom : symbol and metaphor in New Testament interpretation, by Norman Perrin (Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1976).
  • The Resurrection according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke, by Norman Perrin (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1977).

Works About Norman Perrin

  • Understanding the teaching of Jesus : based on the lecture series of Norman Perrin, by David Abernathy. (New York : Seabury Press, 1983).


  1. Welton O. Seal, Jr., 'Norman Perrin and his "School": Retracing a Pilgrimage', Journal for the Study of the New Testament (1984), pp. 87-107

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