Synoptic Problem

Introducing the Synoptic Problem (Part 5)

By Michael Kok, Ph.D. When I once was teaching on the Synoptic Problem, I had a student ask in a theological context whether any of it mattered at all. I began answering the question in the typical ambiguously professorial way that it both does and does not matter. For those interested in the Gospels as literature, the focus may be …

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Michael KokIntroducing the Synoptic Problem (Part 5)
Synoptic Problem

Introducing the Synoptic Problem (Part 4)

By Michael Kok, Ph.D. To remind ourselves of some key terms, “double tradition” referred to material held in common by the Gospels of Matthew and Luke that is not found in Mark’s Gospel. The last post showed how the “double tradition” could include narratives (i.e. John’s preaching; we could have also looked at Jesus’ temptation by Satan in the desert …

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Michael KokIntroducing the Synoptic Problem (Part 4)
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Introducing the Synoptic Problem (Part 3)

By Michael Kok, Ph.D. I have never been good with directions and tend to use a map (or rather my GPS) to help me get to where I am going. The last post – Introducing the Synoptic Problem (Part 2) – was a kind of map to help readers navigate through the web of academic theories on the Synoptic Problem. …

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Michael KokIntroducing the Synoptic Problem (Part 3)