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Marcan Priority Without Q



This book discusses the composition of the synoptic gospels from the perspective of the Farrer hypothesis, a view that posits that Mark was written first, that Matthew used Mark as a source, and that Luke used both Mark and Matthew. All of the articles in the volume are written in support of the Farrer hypothesis, with the exception of the final chapter, which criticizes these articles from the perspective of the reigning Two-Source theory. The contributors engage the synoptic problem with a more refined understanding of the options set before each of the evangelists pointing towards a deepened understanding of how works were compiled in the first and early second centuries CE.

The contributors include Andris Abakuks, Stephen Carlson, Eric Eve, Mark Goodacre, Heather Gorman, John S. Kloppenborg, David Landry, Mark Matson, Ken Olson, Michael Pahl, Jeffrey Peterson, and John C. Poirier.

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Key Features

  • Collects together insightful essays for leading Marcan scholars
  • Suggests that the Q hypothesis is not necessary for understanding the production of the Synoptic Gospels
  • Presents a robust defense of the Farrer hypothesis


  • Introduction by John C. Poirier and Jeffrey Peterson
  • 'The Devil in the Detail: Exorcising Q from the Beelzebul Controversy' by Eric Eve
  • 'Problems with the Non-Aversion Principle for Reconstructing Q' by Stephen C. Carlson
  • 'Luke-Crank or Creative Genius? How Ancient Rhetoric Makes Sense of Luke's Order' by Heather M. Gorman
  • 'Too Good to be Q: High Verbatim Agreement in the Double Tradition' by Mark Goodacre
  • 'Luke 11.2-4: The Lord's Prayer (Abridged Edition)' by Ken Olson
  • 'A Statistical Time Series Approach to the Use of Mark by Matthew and Luke' by Andris Abakuks
  • 'Matthew's Ending and the Genesis of Acts: The Farrer Hypothesis and the Composition of Luke's Two Volumes' by Jeffrey Peterson
  • 'Reconsidering the Date of Luke in Light of the Farrer Hypothesis' by David Landry
  • 'Delbert Burkett's Defense of Q' by John C. Poirier
  • Response by John S. Kloppenborg
  • Title: Marcan Priority without Q: Explorations in the Farrer Hypothesis
  • Authors: John C. Poirier, Jeffrey Peterson
  • Series: Library of New Testament Studies
  • Volume: 455
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Mark › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Synoptic problem; Q hypothesis (Synoptics criticism); Two source hypothesis (Synoptics criticism)
  • ISBNs: 9780567159137, 9780567367563, 0567159132, 0567367568
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:36:13Z

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About the Editors

John C. Poirier is chair of biblical studies at Kingswell Theological Seminary.

Jeffrey Peterson is Jack C. and Ruth Wright Professor of New Testament, Austin Graduate School of Theology.

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