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Matthean Posteriority

ISBN: 9780567364340



This book explores the Matthean Posteriority Hypothesis (MPH), a largely neglected solution to the Synoptic Problem, which holds that the author of the Gospel of Luke used the Gospel of Mark as a source, and that the author of the Gospel of Matthew used both the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Luke as sources.

The study begins with a survey of the scholars who have defended various forms of the MPH. Chapter 2 discusses two lines of evidence in support of the MPH. The first line of evidence is textual-demonstrating that Matthew knew the contents of Luke’s Gospel beyond merely the double tradition material. The second line of evidence, involving a study of strings of verbatim agreements in the Gospels, supports the view that Matthew depended directly on Luke. This chapter also includes a discussion of Luke’s Sondergut parables. Chapter 3 explores evidence and arguments which can be seen as problematic for the MPH. The book concludes that the MPH has been neither definitely proved nor disproved, and deserves further scholarly scrutiny.

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Key Features

  • Suggests a traditionally neglected persrpective for solving the Synoptic Problem
  • Rejects the Q Hypothesis
  • Presents an account of Gospel production where Matthew wrote based on both Mark and Luke


  • Introduction
  • Further Arguments for Matthean Posteriority
  • Some Challenges for Matthean Posteriority
  • Conclusion
  • Title: Matthean Posteriority: An Exploration of Matthew’s Use of Mark and Luke as a Solution to the Synoptic Problem
  • Author: Robert K. MacEwen
  • Edition: 1st edition
  • Series: Library of New Testament Studies
  • Volume: 501
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Matthew › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Synoptic problem
  • ISBNs: 9780567364340, 9780567013569, 9780567672032, 0567364348, 0567013561, 0567672034
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:40:17Z

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Robert K. MacEwen is a lecturer of Biblical Studies and director of the Chinese Theology Department at the East Asia School of Theology, Singapore. He received his PhD in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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