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Three Views on the Origins of the Synoptic Gospels [Paperback]

By Robert L. Thomas (Contributor)
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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 17, 2002
Publisher   Kregel Academic & Professional
ISBN  0825438381  
EAN  9780825438387  


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Noted evangelical scholars present the best contemporary insights into the origins of the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. While secular critics and liberal religious scholars have discounted the historicity and integrity of the first three Gospels, evangelicals maintain that the Synoptic Gospels fully support a high view of inspirations and historicity, despite varying views among evangelicals on Gospel origins. Four evangelical scholars join together in a presentation/response format to examine the three dominant views on gospel origins. Grant Osborne and Matthew Williams present the Two-Source or Markian Priority View; John Niemala presents the Two Gospel or Matthewan Priority View; and F. David Farnell presents the Independence View. Robert Thomas provides a helpful introduction to the issues and a final summary of the discussion.

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While secular critics and liberal religious scholars have discounted the historicity and integrity of the first three Gospels, evangelicals maintain that the Synoptic Gospels fully support a high view of inspiration and historicity, despite varying views among evangelicals on Gospel origins.

Four evangelical scholars join together in a presentation/response format to examine the three dominant views on Gospel origins. Grant Osborne and Matthew Williams present the Two-Source or Markian Priority View; John H. Niemela presents the Two Gospel or Matthewan Priority View; and F. David Farnell presents the Independence View. Robert Thomas provides a helpful introduction to the issues and a final summary of the discussion.

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A great discussion on a difficult and scholarly topic  Apr 15, 2006
I say scholarly, because most lay-people do not get into the issue of the origin of the Gospels, which is the purpose of this book.

I picked up this book blindly (after seeing no reviews) in hopes it would help me in writing a paper defending traditional authorship of the Gospels. In this book I found three very well placed arguments for Gospel authorship and priority. As is becoming the standard with multiple view books, each author presents their case and the other contributors to the book respond to the main writing. Each writer gets a chance to write their own argument and refute the others' arguments in a short response.

The authors involved are Grant Osborne, Matthew Williams, John Niemela, David Farnell and the editor, Robert Thomas. The last three earning their PhD/ThD from Dallas Theological Seminary with Drs. Osbourne and Williams gaining their PhDs the University of Aberdeen and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Drs. Williams and Osborne begin with the case for Markan Priority (MH), or the belief that evidence shows Mark was written first with Matthew and Luke relying on Mark's Gospel as a source. This argument concentrates on the examples of textual similarity between Matthew and Luke to Mark. His conclusion is that MH does not answer the whole question and that the truth behind this topic may not be answered before the Second Coming.

Dr. Niemela displays the Two Source Hypothesis. He takes an interesting stance by using statistics to show the proposed similarities ssurrounding MH are not as significant as they are proposed to be. He also relies heavily on historical queues pointing to Matthew's initial writing.

Dr. Farnell takes the traditional historical stance in his defense of the Independent Hypothesis. This theory is often not discussed in scholarly circles because it is a foregone conclusion by many that the Gospels used sources and relied upon each other.

Each scholar presents a detailed and thorough argument of their beliefs. MH is by far the foremost theory, with the 2GH making a comeback recently. As stated previously, IH is not a highly regarded theory in scholarly circles despite its longstanding run in church history. It is by far the most prominent belief in Christianity, because it is the belief of lay-Christianity.

The authors do a superb job of covering the topic. Dr. Thomas sums up the evidence in a summary chapter after all the authors have debated. I would highly recommend this book to curious Christians and seminary students to get a superb introduction to the major aspects of Synoptic Gospel origins. This would also serve well as a reference for these arguments including the novel argument using statistics.
 

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