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Title: History of the Synoptic Problem: The Canon, the Text, the Composition, and the Interpretation of the Gospels
Author: Dungan, David L
Publisher: Yale University Press; Publication Date: 1999
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780300140583
Volumes: 1; Pages: 544
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Scholars and believers from the first century to the present have been troubled by the fact that differing, often sharply divergent, accounts of Jesus' life can be found in the Gospels. According to the Jesus Seminar, these Gospels are all based on the hypothetical Gospel of Q, supposedly a lost collection of Jesus' teachings. But what if the Jesus Seminar is wrong? What if the Gospel of Q simply never existed and was just invented, out of necessity, to resolve the tensions between Matthew, Mark, and Luke? In A History of the Synoptic Problem, David Laird Dungan provides a comprehensive history of this contentious debate from its beginning. The result is a book that challenges the status quo and its insistence on the priority of Mark and the existence of Q.
"This recent history is commendable for at least three reasons: (1) it sets the debate in its historic, economic, political, and intellectual settings; (2) it comprehensively covers the debate through the past two millennia; and (3) it rationally calls into question common assumptions among the majority of scholars today. ... Dungan's history is exceptional in its clarity and holistic in its description of the debate from the first century through to World War II. I have not encountered another book of its type that covers so much scholarship on the Synoptics so concisely. ... Dungan's work is top-notched and should be welcome by all with a receptive mind."--Journal of Biblical Literature
"David Dungan's A History of the Synoptic Problem for the first time sets the study of the Synoptic Problem within a larger framework of theological, ecclesiastical, ideological, and technological history, showing how the seemingly provincial issue of the interrelationship among the Gospels reflects and was influenced by much larger issues in cultural and intellectual history. Of particular value is Duncan's careful attention to the role that printed page technology in the form of Gospel synopses-Osiander, Griesbach, Tischendorf, Huck, Rushbrooke, and others-has played in discussions of the Synoptic Problem."--John S. Kloppenborg, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto