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Christology and the Synoptic Problem : An Argument for Markan Priority - Peter M. Head

Christology and the Synoptic Problem

An Argument for Markan Priority

Hardcover Published: 12th January 2011
ISBN: 9780521584883
Number Of Pages: 356

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This book makes a major contribution to the ongoing debate about the synoptic problem, especially concerning the question of which gospel was written first. The scholarly consensus, developed over two hundred years of discussion, has favoured Markan priority and the dependence of both Matthew and Luke upon Mark. In an ongoing contemporary revival of the Griesbach hypothesis, some scholars have advocated the view that Mark used, conflated and abbreviated Matthew and Luke. The author explores the role played by arguments connected with christological development in support of both these views. Deploying a new comparative redaction-critical approach to the problem, Dr Head argues that the critical basis of the standard christological argument for Markan priority is insecure and based on anachronistic scholarly concerns. Nevertheless, in a through-going comparative reappraisal of the christological outlooks of Matthew and Mark the author finds decisive support for the hypothesis of Markan priority, arguing that Matthew was a developer rather than a corrector of Mark.

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Introduction and a history of research
Method and approach
The rich young ruler (Matthew 19. 16-22; Mark 10. 17-22; Luke 18. 18-23)
Jesus's rejection at Nazareth (Matthew 13. 53-38; Mark 6. 1-6a)
Walking on water (Matthew 14. 22-33; Mark 6. 45-52)
Arguments concerning Jesus's emotions, 'inability' and questions
The worship of Jesus and the passion narratives
Christology and titles: Jesus as teacher and Lord
Jesus as messiah
Jesus as Son of God
Jesus as 'the Son of Man'
The messianic secret
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ISBN: 9780521584883
ISBN-10: 0521584884
Series: Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 12th January 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.6