Beyond the Fourfold Gospel: A Critical Reading of Francis Watson’s Gospel Writing: A Canonical Perspective

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This article discusses Francis Watson’s fresh approach to the origins of gospel writing. In general, Watson’s attempt to revisit the history of the Synoptic Problem by questioning Q and integrating non-canonical writings is greatly appreciated. Some questions are, however, raised regarding, for instance, the extent to which Luke made use of Matthew or the existence of a Christian ‘Sayings Collection’ genre. It is argued that an explanation of the Synoptic Problem demands a more complex theory than the one sketched by Watson and that the question of manuscript transmission also needs to be integrated into that theory.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal for the Study of the New Testament
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)201-209
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Theology - Sayings Source Q, Sayings Collection genre, gospel origins, fourfold gospel, noncanonical writings, historical Jesus

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