Read notes by Dave Black at The Jesus Paradigm.
12:48 PM On historicity:
Unlike the fantastic hypotheses thought up by exponents of Markan priority, which cannot be directly refuted because they are all located in the blank tunnel period, the Fourfold-Gospel Hypothesis respects and accepts the real life situation of the universal church in the years 30–67 and agrees with the known history of the apostolic churches at all key points.
From Why Four Gospels?
10:41 AM On dispensing with “Q”:
One problem that arises is that of the existence of Q. We cannot confront this issue here, for the complexity of such a task would be significant enough to warrant a book of its own. However, as we have seen, the Fourfold-Gospel Hypothesis permits us to dispose with Q as a gospels source; and, indeed, all such hypothecated documents (including M and L) become unnecessary when we bear in mind the statement of Clement of Alexandria that those Gospels containing genealogies came first.
From Why Four Gospels?
(We had a report on this from a member of the audience, linked earlier today.)
8:23 AM At the Shepherds Seminary last night I spoke on the origins of the four Gospels. And what a great time we had.
The last thing I want to be is intellectually lazy, but I must confess that at times I have probably relied on the conclusions of the guild of biblical scholarship too much without delving into the matter for myself. Dave has done that for us, and his conclusions challenge the conventional wisdom I have all too often simply accepted.
From Dave Black Online:
1:52 PMNijay muses about Matthew’s Greek. “It is an unfortunate commonplace in classrooms of seminaries and Christian colleges to hear that Matthew improved and corrected the ugly and unintelligent Greek of Mark,” he writes. A fine compliment to our classrooms, but he is right. Questions about Mark’s “inferior” Greek crop up whenever I’m asked to speak on the topic of the synoptic problem. The fact is that Mark never set out to write a Gospel. He simply recorded the words of Peter viva voce as the latter gave a series of didaskalias before high-ranking officials in Rome. Oh, this is a “fact” only if you take the church fathers seriously, which most of us don’t — and which is another reason why our classrooms are failing our students. If you really want to dig into the synoptic problem, you’ll find yourself struggling with uncharted territory, including patristics. But it’s worth it!