By John M. Rist

It has for lengthy been normally assumed that the connection among our canonical texts of the Gospels of Mark and Matthew is to be defined when it comes to direct literary dependence, both of Matthew on Mark, or of Mark on Matthew. Professor Rist questions this assumption vigourously, and argues that it ends up in contradictory and paradoxical conclusions. He replaces the idea of literary dependence with the thesis that Matthew and Mark grew up independently at the foundation of a typical oral culture, and helps his view via certain exam of a big variety of parallel passages. The readability and cogency of the author's argument is within the top culture of this crucial sequence of monographs. within the context of the present resurgence of curiosity within the Synoptic challenge, it is going to be welcomed by means of all inquisitive about the examine of the hot testomony.

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