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The case against Q : studies in Markan priority and the synoptic problem
Goodacre, Mark S.
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Harrisburg, Pa. : Trinity Press International, [2002]

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x, 228 pages ; 23 cm
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BS2555.52 .G66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The resurrection of Jesus is thoroughly explored, using extra-canonical sources to fill in the blanks. Original.

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Goodacre (Univ. of Birmingham, UK) has written an outstanding examination of the sources used by the New Testament writers of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. He focuses on an alleged source called "Q" that, according to most contemporary New Testament scholars, accounts for materials common to Matthew and Luke but absent from Mark (such as the Sermon on the Mount, Sermon on the Plain, and the Lord's Prayer). If the writer of Luke's Gospel had Matthew's Gospel as a source, the case for the Q source is much more difficult to make. Goodacre contends that Mark's Gospel is temporally first, that Matthew and Luke used Mark's Gospel as a primary source, and that Luke used, in addition, oral sources and Matthew's Gospel in creative ways that served his literary and theological purposes. Goodacre thus recommends that we abandon the hypothesis of a Q source common to Matthew and Luke. His case is carefully argued, lucid, well researched, and plausible. It highlights Luke's role as a creative evangelist whose purposes in writing a Gospel differed significantly from Matthew's. Suitable for upper-division undergraduates and above, this book is highly recommended for any library supporting the study of Christian origins and the New Testament. P. K. Moser Loyola University of Chicago