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The synoptic problem : a bibliography, 1716-1988 /
compiled and edited by Thomas Richmond Willis Longstaff and Page A. Thomas.
Macon, GA : Mercer University Press, c1988.
xxviii, 235 p. ; 24 cm.
0865543216 (alk. paper)
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Macon, GA : Mercer University Press, c1988.
0865543216 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-07:
Covering the entire history of the so-called "synoptic problem," this comprehensive bibliography makes a major contribution to biblical studies. Early synoptic studies simply assumed that the gospels were written in the canonical order of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. With the rise of historical criticism in the 19th century that tradition was questioned, both as to priority but also as to whether any was an eyewitness account. The dominant view from the late 19th century until recently has treated Mark and a lost source "Q" as earliest but both as representing traditions later than the events recorded. In recent years experts are not so certain of any of the previous assumptions. The scholarly material produced has been voluminous and, with no standard bibliography available, virtually inaccessible. Students of the New Testament will stand in debt to this volume. The author does not claim complete coverage, but this reviewer has not discovered any major ommissions. The author-title index includes full bibliographical information as well as a printing-translation history of each item. There is a date of publication list as well as a very well done keyword index. A necessary acquisition for theological and graduate-level libraries supporting work in Scripture. Libraries serving advanced undergraduates in classical or biblical studies will also find it a good addition to their reference collections. -L. D. Jordahl, Luther College
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