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 16:9-20, Luke 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. Note: Where not specified quotes are from the KJV, but not for any doctrinal reason: It is just the bible I am most familiar with. Information on variants comes from many sources.
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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?
Mark 1:41 - Angry or Compassionate?: When Jesus healed the leper, was he angry, or moved with compassion?
Mark 11:11 The Missing Multitude: The multitude who travel to Jerusalem with Jesus disappear when he enters the city. Where did they go?
The Western Text - 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.