Knight, Christopher. 2017. "The Synoptic Problem: Some Methodological Considerations and a New Hypothesis." Heythrop
Journal no. 58:247-261.
Abstract: "Michael Goulder’s analysis of the predominant understanding of the relationship between the synoptic gospels is assessed in
terms of the philosophy of science, and more nuanced criteria for assessing the rationality of synoptic study are developed, especially in relation to
A new hypothesis is proposed, which has claims to greater historical plausibility than the two-source hypothesis. While Luke is still seen as
being based on Mark and Q, it is argued that these two documents were not a source for Matthew, but were derived from an early version of its text and used
initially for didactic purposes. The advantages of this hypothesis are urged, especially in relation to Mark’s ‘missing ending’."
Knoppers, Gary N. 2009. "The Synoptic Problem? An Old Testament Perspective." Bulletin for Biblical Research no.
Knox, John. 1987. "Marcion's Gospel and the Synoptic Problem." In Jesus, the Gospels, and the Church: Essays in Honor of
William R Farmer, edited by Sanders, Ed Parish, 25-31. Macon GA: Mercer University Press.
Knox, Wilfred L. 1953. The Sources of the Synoptic Gospels: Volume One: St Mark. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Posthumously edited by Henry Chadwick.
———. 1953. The Sources of the Synoptic Gospels: Volume Two: St Luke and St Matthew. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Posthumously edited by Henry Chadwick.
Koester, Helmut. 1983. "History and Development of Mark's Gospel (From Mark to Secret Mark and "Canonical" Mark)." In
Colloquy on New Testament Studies: A Time for Reappraisal and Fresh Approaches, edited by Corley, Bruce, 35-85. Macon GA: Mercer University Press.
———. 1990. Ancient Christian Gospels: Their History and Development. Philadelphia: Trinity Press International.
Köstenberger, Andreas J., Kellum, L. Scott , and Quarles, Charles L. 2016. The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the
New Testament. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group.
Second edition (First edition 2009).
Chapter 3: Jesus and the relationship between the Gospels: The Transmission of Gospel Traditions.
Kowalczyk, Andzej. 2013. The Synoptic Problem. Pelplin: Bernardinum.
Kudasiewicz, Józef. 1996. The Synoptic Gospels Today. New York: Alba House.
Kümmel, Werner Georg. 1975. Introduction to the New Testament. Nashville: Abingdon.
Translated by Howard C. Kee.
Part One: The Formation of the New Testament Writings; A. The Narrative Books; I. The Synoptic Gospels and the Acts; § 5. The Synoptic
Problem, pp. 38-79.
———. 1985. "In Support of Markan Priority." In The Two-Source Hypothesis: A Critical Appraisal, edited by Bellinzoni Jr.,
Arthur J., 53-62. Macon: Mercer University Press.
Reprint of "Attempt at a Solution of the Synoptic Problem", Introducton to the New Testament, Nashville: Abingdon Press
1973, pp. 56-63.
———. 1985. "In Support of Q." In The Two-Source Hypothesis: A Critical Appraisal, edited by Bellinzoni Jr., Arthur J.,
227-243. Macon: Mercer University Press.
Reprint of "Attempt at a Solution to the Synoptic Problem", in Introduction to the New Testament, Nashville: Abingdon
Press 1973, pp. 63-67.
Labahn, Michael. 2008. "Historical Crticism (or Gospels as Sources)." In Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus, edited by
Craig, Evans A., 280-296. New York: Routledge.
Labahn, Michael, and Schmidt, Andreas, eds. 2001. Jesus, Mark, and Q. The Teaching of Jesus and Its Earliest Records. Sheffield:
Sheffield Academic Press.
Contents: Preface 7; Abbreviations 8; List of Contributors 12; Andreas Schmidt:
Part I. Mark and Q
Harry T. Fleddermann: Mark's Use of Q: The Beelzebul Controversy and the Cross Saying 17; Jens Schröter: The Son of Man as the Representative
of God's Kingdom: On the Interpretation of Jesus in Mark and Q 34;
Part II. The Historical Jesus in New Research
Michael Labahn: Introduction 70;
A. Recent Trends in the Historical and Sociological Portrait of Jesus
David S. Du Tort: Redefining Jesus: Current Trends in Jesus Research 82; Markus Ohler: Jesus as Prophet: Remarks on Terminology 125; Tom
Holmen: The Jewishness of Jesus in the Third Quest' 143; Craig E. Evans: The New Quest for Jesus and the New Research on the Dead Sea Scrolls 163; F. Gerlad
Downing: The Jewish Cynic Jesus 184;
B. Theological and Hermeneutical Investigations into the Proclamation of Jesus
Marius Reiser: Eschatology in the Proclamation of Jesus 216; Peter Balla: What Did Jesus Think about his Approaching Death? 239; Elizabeth
Schüssler Fiorenza: The Rhetorics and Politics of Jesus Research: A Critical Feminist Perspective 259;
Index of References 283; Index of Authors 292-296.
Lambrecht, Jan. 1995. "The Great Commandment Pericope and Q." In The Gospel behind the Gospels. Current Studies on Q,
edited by Piper, Roland Allen, 73-96. Leiden: Brill.
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Essays, edited by Koperski, Veronica, 80-101. Leuven: Peeters.
Landry, David. 2015. "Reconsidering the Date of Luke in Light of the Farrer Hypothesis." In Marcan Priority Without Q:
Explorations in the Farrer Hypothesis, edited by Poirier, John C. and Peterson, Jeffrey, 160-190. London: T & T Clark.
The final dating technique that is applicable to the gospel of Luke is consideration of the constellation of ideas found in the text and
their consonance or dissonance with a particular historical context. Many of
the scholars who argue for a late date for Luke do so on the basis of this criterion, claiming that (a) Luke's ideas clearly reflect a later
stage in the development of Christianity than Mark and Matthew, and (b) that the texts whose ideas are most similar to Luke's were all written in the second
century. What is more interesting is the fact that even those scholars who argue for an early date often admit that Luke's thought fits
better in a second-century context than a first-century one."
"The fact is that the gospel of Luke (and Acts) display(s) almost unmistakable signs of having been written after 115 CE. Luke reflects
know ledge of all the texts one would expect him to be familiar with if he wrote the gospel this late: Mark, Matthew, John, Josephus, and Paul. The terminus a
quo for Luke cannot be earlier than about 100 CE. But no other author quotes from Luke until Marcion or Justin. Hence the terminus ad quem for Luke
lies somewhere between 125 and 160 CE." (pp. 189-190)
Lang, Marijke Héleǹe de. 2020. "The Decline of the Gospel Harmony: Loss or Gain?" In Theological and Theoretical Issues in the
Synoptic Problem, edited by Kloppenborg, John S. and Verheyden, Joseph, 19-36. New Yo9rk: Bloomsbury.
"The year 1774 is usually marked as an important year for New Testament scholarship. It was the year Johann Jakob Griesbach published
his gospel synopsis, a presentation of the texts of the first three gospels in columns side by side. The work was meant as the first portion of an edition of
the New Testament. The synopsis was reissued in his edition of the whole New Testament, which appeared in 1776. The
impo1tance of Griesbach's synopsis was not that it was a synopsis. In the early modern period, apart from a host of gospel harmonies, quite a
number of gospel synopses had been published. Well-known examples are the synopses published by Calvin in 1555 and Jean Le Clerc in 1699. But Griesbach's
publication of 1774 had one striking new feature: no attempt was made to reconstruct the life of Jesus.
Understandably, several experts on the history of the Synoptic Question have supposed that Griesbach's synopsis was also the point of
departure from which he developed his solution of the synoptic problem, in his case the Two Gospel Hypothesis. It is true that no other synopsis before his
time had ever been meant for such a purpose.
In this chapter, I would like to address two questions. The first is: Was the decline of the gospel harmony after the publication of
Griesbach's synopsis a loss or a gain? This entails the issue of how the genre of the old-fashioned harmony related historically to the new genre of the
My second question is: How clear-cut exactly was the "paradigm shift" in synoptic studies that was brought about by Griesbach's
synopsis? Or, to rephrase this question more strongly: Can we speak at all of a turning point or paradigm shift with regard to Griesbach's synopsis?" (pp.
19-20, note omitted)
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Joseph, 689-719. Leuven: Peeters.
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Testamentum no. 6:239-263.
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———. 1984. A New Approach to the Synoptic Gospels. Jerusalem: Dugith Publishers.
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Translated from German by R. W. Yarbrough.
———. 1996. "The Lost Gospel of Q—Fact Or Fantasy?" Trinity Journal no. 17:3-18.
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Allen P. Wikgren, edited by Aune, David E., 43-59. Leiden: Brill.
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———. 1977. Evidence of Conflation in Mark?: A Study in the Synoptic Problem. Missoula: Scholars Press.
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Beyond, edited by Farmer, William R., 373-392. Macon: Mercer University Press.
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———. 1982. "From the Parable of the Vineyard to a pre-synoptic source." New Testament Studies no. 28:257-263.
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Studies no. 29:25-47.
Ludlum, John H. 1958. "New Light on the Synoptic Problem (Part I)." Christianity Today no. 3:6-9.
"What is called the “modern” and the “critical” study of the gospels began in earnest about 170 years ago. Through a series of fortunate
circumstances the writer has sometimes been led—sometimes impelled—to examine in detail for himself nearly the entire course of development of “critical” or
“scientific” gospel study. A thirteen years’ investigation of this little known field yields a very different impression of it than the books and the
popularizers give us. Real acquaintance with such work leads also to a markedly different evaluation of it than the current one.
The results of such study would normally find embodiment in monographs, and be put on a library shelf to collect dust. But in the present
case the results have an unusual practical value for the Church and for its ministers. We will say no more of this, but will allow the reader to judge of this
matter for himself."
———. 1958. "New Light on the Synoptic Problem (Part II)." Christianity Today no. 3:10-14.
———. 1959. "Are We Sure of Mark's Priority? (Part I)." Christianity Today no. 3:11-14.
Abstract: "Is Matthew, our first canonical Gospel, a genuine and authentic production of an apostle? The answer to this question is at
stake in the debate on the validity of the Mark-hypothesis. The question of Matthew’s authenticity is tied to the question whether it was known and used by
Mark, or Mark was used by its writer. It is therefore of importance to decide whether Mark came first, as the Mark-hypothesis holds, or whether Matthew was
The writer of “More Light on the Synoptics” (Christianity Today, March 2 issue) tries to prove the Mark-hypothesis. He claims that
Mark was written first and was used and adapted by the writer of our Matthew. His attempted proof of the priority of Mark is the most important part of his
article. Therefore we will consider it first. We meet here a kind of argument often given for the Mark-theory. We are firmly convinced that it is not, and
indeed in the nature of the case can never become, a valid proof. After pulling the attempted proof to the ground four distinct times by four separate handles,
we will explain why, in our opinion, no one should accept the same article’s special pleading for Matthew’s genuineness and authenticity. And lastly, we have a
point to clarify. Some readers of CHRISTIANITY TODAY concluded that the present writer argued (“New Light on the Synoptic Gospels”) for totally
independent origination of our first three Gospels. But this was not so."
———. 1959. "Are We Sure of Mark's Priority? (Part II)." Christianity Today no. 3:9-10.
Lührmann, Dieter. 1989. "The Gospel of Mark and the Sayings Collection Q." Journal of Biblical Literature no.
Luomanen, Petri. 2013. "From Mark and Q to Matthew. An Experiment in Evolutionary Analysis." In Mark and Matthew II.
Comparative Readings: Reception History, Cultural Hermeneutics, and Theology, edited by Becker, Eve-Marie and Runesson, Anders, 37-73. Tübingen: Mohr
Luz, Ulrich. 2011. "Looking at Q through the Eyes of Matthew." In New Studies in the Synoptic Problem: Oxford Conference, April
2008: Essays in Honour of Christopher M. Tuckett edited by Foster, P., Gregory, A., Kloppenborg, John S. and Verheyden, Joseph, 571-589. Leuven:
MacDonald, Dennis Ronald. 2011. "The Synoptic Problem and Literary Mimesis: The Case of the Frothing Demoniac." In New Studies
in the Synoptic Problem: Oxford Conference, April 2008: Essays in Honour of Christopher M. Tuckett edited by Foster, Paul, Gregory, Andrew F.,
Kloppenborg, John S. and Verheyden, Joseph, 509-522. Leuven: Peeters.
———. 2012. Two Shipwrecked Gospels: The Logois of Jesus and Papias's Exposition of Logia about the Lord. Atlanta: Society of
MacDonald, Dennis Ronald, and Van Dore, James R. . 2019. From the Earliest Gospel (Q+) to the Gospel of Mark: Solving the Synoptic
Problem with Mimesis Criticism. Lanham: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic.
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Problem. London: T & T Clark.
Mack, Burton L. 1992. "Q and the Gospel of Mark: Revising Christian Origins." Semeia no. 55:15-39.
Abstract: "The importance of Q for reimagining Christian origins can hardly be overstated. Recent studies in Q have identified layers of
literary tradition from which stages of the social history of its tradents can be reconstructed. The movement that comes into view is markedly different from
the kerygmatic congregation that scholars have customarily imagined as the first social formation of Christianity. Since the traditional picture of "the
earliest Christian community" is largely dependent upon a conflation of Pauline texts and the Gospel of Mark, scholars are now forced to consider the
relation of Q to Mark and Paul. This essay takes up one of these challenges by focusing upon the relation of Q to Mark. It argues for the priority of Jesus
movements like that reflected in Q and explains the Markan divergences from Q in terms of Mark's own plan for his gospel. Finally, the implications for a
reconstruction of Christian origins are sketched and some consequences for New Testament studies in general are drawn."
———. 1993. The Lost Gopel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins. New York: HarperSanFrancisco.
MacLean, Gilmour. 1948. "A Critical Re-Examination of Proto-Luke." Journal of Biblical Literature no. 67:143-152.
Maio, Eugene. 1959. "The Synoptic Problem and the Vaganay Hypothesis." Irish Theological Q!uarterly no. 26:167-181.
Malan, Gert J. 2014. "Is rewritten Bible/Scripture the solution to the Synoptic Problem?" HTS Teologiese
Studies/Theological Studies no. 70:1-10.
Manson, Thomas Walter. 1949. The Sayings of Jesus as Recorded in the Gospels according to St. Matthew and St. Luke arranged with
Introduction and Commentary. London: SCM Press.
Marshall, Ian Howard. 1984. "How to solve the Synoptic Problem: Luke 11:43 and Parallels." In The New Testament Age: Essays in
Honor of Bo Reicke. Vol. 1, edited by Weinrich, William C, 313-325. Macon: Mercer University Press.
Martin, R. A. 1987. Syntax Criticism of the Synoptic Gospels. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press.
Matson, Mark A. 2004. "Luke's Rewriting of the Sermon on the Mount." In Questioning Q: A Multidimensional Critique, edited
by Goodacre, Mark S. and Perrin, Nicholas, 43-70. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.
Mattila, Sharon Lea. 1994. "A Problem Still Clouded: Yet Again -- Statistics and "Q"." Novum Testamentum no.
Reprinted in: David E. Orton. (ed.), The Synoptic Problem and Q: Selected Studies from Novum Testamentum, Leiden: Brill, 1999, pp.
———. 1995. "A Question Too Often Neglected." New Testament Studies no. 41:199-217.
———. 2004. "Negotiating the Clouds Around Statistics and "Q": A Rejoinder and Independent Analysis." Novum
Testamentum no. 46:105-131.
McCool, Francis J. 1956. "Revival of Synoptic Source-Criticism." Theological Studies no. 17:459-493.
McIver, Robert. 1997. "Implications of New Data Pertaining to the Problem of Synoptic Relationships." Australian Biblical
Review no. 45:20-39.
———. 2011. Memory, Jesus, and the Synoptic Gospels. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.
McIver, Robert, and Carroll, Marie. 2002. "Experiments to Develop Criteria for Determining the Existence of Written Sources, and Their
Potential Implications for the Synoptic Problem." Journal of Biblical Literature no. 121:667-687.
McKnight, Scot. 1988. Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
———. 2001. "A Generation who Knew not Streeter: the Case for Markan Priority." In Rethinking the Synoptic Problem, edited
by Black, David Alan and Beck, David R., 65-95. Grand Rapids (MI): Baker Academic.
McLoughlin, Michael. 2009. "Synoptic Pericope Order." Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses no. 85:71-97.
———. 2011. "Listing the Minor Agreements." Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses no. 87:201-228.
———. 2018. "Using the Minor Agreements." Ephemerides theologicae Lovanienses no. 84:93-114.
Abstract: "According to the Two Source theory (2ST) Matthew and Luke derived their triple tradition material by copying Mark. But
occasionally the others agree against Mark. These agreements are slight, but they could suggest that Mark was not the only source. Authors who contest the 2ST
frequently cite these minor agreements as evidence against that theory. An attempt is made here to identify the most weighty cases. Forty were found. These are
explained as independent reactions by Matthew and Luke to the Markan text, so that the 2ST is safe from objection. In addition, rival source theories are
McNicol, Allan J. 1987. "The Two Gospel Hypothesis Under Scrutiny: A Response to C. M. Tuckett's. Analysis of Recent Neo-Griesbachian
Gospel Criticism." Perkins School of Theology Journal no. 40:5-13.
McNicol, Allan James. 1990. "The Composition of the Synoptic Eschatological Discourse." In The Interrelations of the Gospels. A
Symposium led by M.-E. Boismard - W.R. Farmer - F. Neirynck, Jerusalem 1984, edited by Dungan, David L., 157-200. Leuven: Leuven University Press /
———. 2009. "Has Goulder Sunk Q?: On Linguistic Characteristics and the Synoptic Problem." In Resourcing New Testament Studies:
Literary, Historical, and Theological Essays in Honor of David L. Dungan, edited by McNicol, Allan J., Peabody, David B. and Subramanian, J. Samuel 46-65.
New York: T & T Clark.
McNicol, Allan James, Dungan, David L., and Peabody, David Barrett. 1996. Beyond the Q Impasse: Luke's Use of Matthew: A Demonstration by
the Research Team of the International Institute for Gospel Studies. Valley Forge: Trinity Press.
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———. 2017. "The Synoptic Problem and Statistics: A Review." Journal for the Study of the New Testament no. 40:236-241.
Meijboom, Hajo Uden. 1993. A History and Critique of the Origin of the Marcan Hypothesis, 1835-1866. A Contemporary Report
Rediscovered. Louvain: Peeters.
A translation with introduction and notes of Geschiednis en critiek der Marcushypothese (History and Critique of the Marcan
Hypothesis), translated and edited by John J. Kiwiet.
"The synoptic problem has vehemently disturbed the minds of biblical scholars ever since the controversial publication of Das Leben
Jesu, kritisch bearheitet by David Friedrich Strauss in 1835-1836 (ET The Life of Jesus Critically Examined, 1846). The author compared the
reaction to his book to “a wailing of terrified women after hearing the sound of a gunshot in their vicinity.”' Even deep into the American frontier, revival
preachers for more than a century afterward would blast the supposed demonic attack of higher criticism. Strauss not only questioned the historical data of the
New Testament, but its theological content as well. The Gospel, he contended, did not give the message of Jesus in the first place, but rather the historical
interpretations of the authors.
Crucial to this confrontation was the “two-document hypothesis,” also called the “Marcan hypothesis.” The opponents of the Tübingen School,
which followed Strauss, saw in this hypothesis a valid argument for the historicity of the data presented by the synoptic gospels. They interpreted a statement
by Papias(2) as a reference to two historic documents, namely an earlier form of Mark and a Logia (“Sayings”) document, with which the later hypothetical
Quelle (“Source”) or Q-document is sometimes identified. Thus the Marcan hypothesis claimed to defend the historical reliability of the New Testament. This
interpretation of history clashed with that of the Tübingen school, whose adherents attempted to discover the historical tendencies of the gospel writers, a
view later described as “Tendency Criticism".
Over against a documentary history came a doctrinal history, which reflected the situation during the decades following the cross and the
resurrection. The Hegelian dialectic provided a convenient pattern for this history, as Professor Bo Reicke has described? The Jewish original Gospel of
Matthew was counteracted by the Hellenistic Gospel of Luke, which Mark—as the new catholic gospel— then synthesized.
Conservative scholars welcomed Marcan priority, while liberal theologians, valuing the ethical norms of the Sermon on the Mount, claimed
traditional Matthean priority. The debate was fanned by the sociopolitical tensions of early mid-nineteenth-century Germany. Conservative forces wanted to
maintain and extend the Prussian establishment, while liberal forces hoped to achieve a more democratic pattern of government and society. Originally the
center of the debate was the newly established University of Berlin, founded by the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III in order to revamp the German spirit by
establishing a bulwark against the rising revolutionary tide of the French Revolution. Two of the leading protagonists were Georg F. W. Hegel and Friedrich E.
D. Schleiermacher." (pp. XIII-XIV)
(1) See below, Hajo U. Meijboom, "History and Critique of the Marcan Hypothesis,” 11.
(2) See below, Meijboom, "History and Critique,” 17, cf. 67ff.
Meredith, Anthony. 1984. "The Evidence of Papias for the Priority of Matthew." In Synoptic Studies: The Ampleforth Conferences
of 1982 and 1983, edited by Tuckett, Christopher M., 187-196. Sheffield: JSOT Press.
"The central purpose of this essay is to examine the external evidence for the priority of Matthew; and as the main evidence of this
type is arguably, though not I suspect demonstrably, to be found in the fragments of Papias largely preserved in Eusebius, something must be said about the
reliability as distinct from the exact import of the evidence he provides. It bas become the fashion to decry Papias himself and consequently the evidence
which comes from him by means of an argument that can be reduced to syllogistic form somewhat as follows.
(i) AJl the available external evidence for the independence and priority of Matthew is derived from Papias.
(ii) But Papias was a 'pinhead, as well as a 'bottle neck'. (For this minor Eusebius's words at Historia Ecclesiastica 3.39.13 are
taken as conclusive evidence.)
(iii) Therefore we can afford to disregard all the external evidence in favour of Matthaean priority." (p. 187)
"I have implied or more than implied in the above argument that not all that Eusebius has to say on the subject of Papias need be taken
at its face value. Valuable though he is as an historian, he is also a propagandist. In his efforts to portray the empire as God’s work on earth and as
reaching its culmination he could not afford to treat favourably those writers or writings which told a different story. Hence the silence on the Montanist
writings of Tertullian and the apocalyptic strain in Hippolytus. Hence the fondness for the spiritualizing versions of the gospel to be had in Origen and
Dionysius. Hence too the hostility to Papias. My conclusion is that to accept the superior dismissal by Eusebius of Papias as σψόδρα σμικρός ών τον νούν is to
adopt a less than serious attitude to the historiographical problems that H.E. 3.39.12-17 raise." (p. 195)
Metzger, Bruce M. 1950. "Tatian's Diatessaron and a Persian Harmony of the Gospels." Journal of Biblical Literature no.
Meynell, Hugo. 1967. "The Synoptic Problem: Some Unorthodox Solutions." Theology no. 70:386-397.