Tricky New Testament Textual Issues This site grew out of
one of many 'side-tracks' that interrupted my attempt to write a book
chronicling the events that led to the English language New Testament (see About Me). For
example: Why do some Bibles not contain Mark
22:19b-20, or John 7:53-8:11? Why does it look as though the Gospel of Luke has a second
beginning, at Luke
3:1? Why do the gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke have so much text in common, but at the same time so much that is different? What are Laodiceans and the The Gospel of the Ebionites? Why are the so-called heretics (in particular Marcion) important? After much work on these issues I realized that in order to complete my book I needed to research questions that I thought were already resolved, many of which involve The Synoptic Problem in one way or another. This site attempts to answer some of my questions, on the assumption of Markan Priority (i.e. that Mark was written before Matthew or Luke), not because it completely solves the synoptic problem, but because it leaves unresolved the smallest number of issues. If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, etc. regarding anything here please email me at email@example.com.
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Luke Chapters 1 and 2 - Verse 3:1 of the gospel of Luke reads like an introduction. Did Luke originally omit chapters 1 and 2, and begin at verse 3:1?
Well Known in Galilee - Twice - Why does Jesus preach throughout Galilee both before and after Capernaum and Nazareth?
The Great Omission - Approximately 75 contigous verses of Mark (usually given as Mark 6:45-8:26) have no parallel in Luke. Why is this?
Marcion - Is Marcion's Gospel of the Lord simply an edited version of Luke's Gospel, or did Marcion promote an early version of Luke itself?
Who Was Marcion? - Marcion is generally thought of as an influential arch-heretic who had many followers in the second century, but is this view of him basically early Christian 'propaganda?'
Summary - What can we tell about Marcion's Gospel of the Lord from what has been written about it, both in the past and today?
Conclusions - Where does Marcion's Gospel of the Lord 'fit' in terms of its relationship to other New Testament documents?
Marcion's Apostolicon: The Pauline Epistles - An analysis of Marcion's versions of the Pauline epistles.
Fatigue in Mark – or Damage to Mark? - Do various odd errors in Mark indicate 'fatigue' by the author of Mark when using Matthew as a source, or something completely different?
Mark 1:1-3 - The Short Beginning - Was the beginnging of Mark defective at some point? What we see in Mark today suggests that it was.
Mark 1:41 - Angry or Compassionate?: When Jesus healed the leper, was he angry, or moved with compassion?
Mark 2:27-28 - The Sabbath - Did Jesus say that the Sabbath was made for Man, or for The Son of Man?
Mark 11:11 The Missing Multitude: The multitude who travel to Jerusalem with Jesus disappear when he enters the city. Where did they go?
Mark 16:9-20 - The Origin of the Long Ending - What is the origin of the long ending of Mark, and how does this impact The Synoptic Problem?
The Not So Great Omission - A large percentage of the text of The Great Omission has no parallel in Matthew either. What does this say about what the author of Matthew saw in Mark?
The Gospel of the Ebionites: This gospel is one of possibly three, orignally written in either Hebrew or Amanaic, that may be associated with The Gospel of the Hebrews, believed by some to be the original form of Matthew's gospel.
The Contents of Codex P46 - P46 is an early papyrus codex of many of the Pauline epistles. The end is damaged, so what did the missing pages contain?
The Western Text
Stylometric Analysis - The study of linquistic style to analyze texts for evidence of authenticity, authorial identity, directionality, etc.
The Synoptic Problem - The gospels attributed to Mark, Matthew, and Luke have much text in common. Which of them came first?
- There are a number of Greek, Syriac, and (predominately) Old Latin mss of the New Testament that contain a text-type with unusual characteristic readings, some of which may well be older than those found in almost all Bibles.