2013 Blogging Project: The Farrer Theory, Empirical Justification

First, the introduction to the Text I will use:

An essential resource for the analytical study of the gospels, The Complete Gospel Parallels goes beyond the standard parallels. This book gives those who study the gospels in English a one-volume compendium of synopses not only for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but also for the Gospels of Thomas and Peter, as well as for a few gospel fragments (the Egerton Gospel, Gospel Oxyrhynchus 1224, as well as the Jewish-Christian Gospels of the Hebrews and the Nazoreans). The Complete Gospel Parallels also includes a synopsis for the reconstructed Q Gospel, which enables the reader both to discern how the text of Q can be derived and how Q was adopted and adapted by Matthew and Luke. The Complete Gospel Parallels features the fresh and vibrant Scholars Version translation, which has been thoroughly revised and fine-tuned to facilitate the precise comparison of parallel passages, using consistent English for the same Greek and different English where the originals vary. The Complete Gospel Parallels lucid translation, its easy-to-use format, and its broad range of gospel materials will enhance and deepen the serious reader s appreciation of early Christian tradition and literature.

One the things I don’t like is Q, but this book allows me to see the canonical and non-canonical gospel (even fragments).

I am still deciding some methodology here, but my goal is to go through the canonical gospels with some attention given to the fragments along the way. I doubt I will pay attention to Thomas because of Mark Goodacre’s book on the subject (]]).

There is no need for Q, however, ]] has suggested in a previous volume that Matthew and Luke used undefined sources. I believe that this is rather easy to discover, and thus, this is part of the goal — to define those sources, or at least spend a year looking for a direction.

I tend to believe that the best explanations are the easiest, and that Farrer has provided us one well within the framework of the Evangelists. Anyway, if you haven’t read the essay that started all of this.

And yes, I am looking for contributors on this so, let me know.

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