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The Synoptic Problem

Matthew, Mark and Luke report many of the same episodes, often in almost exactly the same language; but the sequence in which these episodes are reported differs greatly from one to another.  In the late 19th century, it was conclusively determined that it is absolutely impossible to harmonize these chronologies — to establish a single sequence in which the alleged events would have occurred.

In the PDF file linked to here below, the center column lists the episodes reported in Luke 9—12, in the order Luke records them.  The lefthand column lists those that also appear in Matthew, in the order Matthew records them.  The righthand column lists those that also appear in Mark, in the order Mark records them.

The Synoptic Problem – Luke 9-12

(Originally posted 08/20/14.)

Was there a Jesus? If so, what was he like?

In many cases, you can strip away the fictions surrounding a legendary figure, and discover the historical original.

For example, there probably was a King Arthur.

Troy was a real place, and the Trojan War a real event. Achilles, Odysseus and Agamemnon were probably real people.

What about the Jesus of the Bible?

Circumstantial evidence exists to suggest there probably was such a person. Textual evidences are available to suggest what he may have been like. He may or may not have been as Christianity presents.
Continue reading Was there a Jesus? If so, what was he like?

Kirk

Kirk preaches at chapel at the homeless shelter where I stay, the second Wednesday of each month.  He appears to have an emotional dependence on the dogma of inerrancy, and often brings up topics related to that, that have no connection to the Christian life.

In September, he said some things I didn’t care for.

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Surprising Bible learnings

I am working on the post, “Other Jesus sayings,” which quite possibly may not appear until December; and learning some things I never would have supposed.

The phrase “weeping and gnashing of teeth” comes up at Matthew 8:12, Matthew 13:42, Matthew 13:50, Matthew 24:51, Matthew 25:30, Luke 13:28.  So, it appears to be a particular favorite of Matthew.

The phrase “you of little faith” comes up at Matthew 6:20, 8:26, 14:31, 16:8 and 17:20, and Luke 12:28.  So, it appears five times in Matthew, only once in Luke, and not at all in Mark.  Thus this also appears to be a favorite of Matthew.

This suggests to what extent each Gospel author was telling his own story.

* The Synoptic Problem

Matthew, Mark and Luke report many of the same episodes, often in almost exactly the same language; but the sequence in which these episodes are reported differs greatly from one to another.  In the late 19th century, it was conclusively determined that it is absolutely impossible to harmonize these chronologies — to establish a single sequence in which the alleged events would have occurred.

In the PDF file linked to here below, the center column lists the episodes reported in Luke 9—12, in the order Luke records them.  The lefthand column lists those that also appear in Matthew, in the order Matthew records them.  The righthand column lists those that also appear in Mark, in the order Mark records them.

The Synoptic Problem – Luke 9-12

(Reblogged 09/12/19.)

* Was there a Jesus? If so, what was he like?

In many cases, you can strip away the fictions surrounding a legendary figure, and discover the historical original.

For example, there probably was a King Arthur.

Troy was a real place, and the Trojan War a real event. Achilles, Odysseus and Agamemnon were probably real people.

What about the Jesus of the Bible?

Circumstantial evidence exists to suggest there probably was such a person. Textual evidences are available to suggest what he may have been like. He may or may not have been as Christianity presents.
Continue reading * Was there a Jesus? If so, what was he like?