My Dream Gospel Parallel

There has been some discussion on Mark Goodacre’s blog about a recent Gospel parallel. Let me also mention Arthur Dewey’s recent work available from Poleridge.

What these parallels have in common are their use of all four Gospels, Thomas, and for a reason on God knows, Q. Poleridge – I can say this because I have it – also uses the Gospel of Peter and other various fragments.

This is a great asset, but they are missing something that I would love to see corrected.

And they have one thing that needs to have a stake driven into its heart – Q, but that is for another time. Oh yes, and that time will come.

Anyway, I would love to work on with someone a Gospel Parallel that begins with Mark and moves chronologically explaining the differences in development. Why is it that Matthew expounds on Mark? Where is the M-material from? The L-material? The T-material? The parallel, then, would be a Farrer-Goulder-type trajectory.

Thoughts? Anyone want to work on this project with me?

Or any publisher what would want such a project?

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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  1. I have been collecting evidence of Gospel trajectories and agree with Goodacre that Q must go. I’d love to be in on such a project, but I have no credentials. I can just send you information I’ve amassed, to add to the project.

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