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 Gosepl 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? Why are the so-called heretics (such as Marcion) important? After much work on these and other issues I realized that in order to complete my book I needed to research many questions that I had assumed were already resolved.
Eventually I stopped writing altogether and focused instead on trying to find answers to my questions, many of which involve The Synoptic Problem in one way or another. This site attempts to answer just a few of my questions, on the assumption of Markan Priority (i.e. that Mark was written before Matthew or Luke). This is not because Markan Priority on its own completely solves the synoptic problem, but because it leaves unsolved the smallest number of issues, many of which are discussed in this website. If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, etc. regarding anything here please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 Synoptic Problem - The gospels attributed to Mark, Matthew, and Luke have much text in common. Which of them came first?
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.