Next Steps In Synoptic Problem Studies
Here are my next steps in solving the synoptic problem for myself:
- Read Bo Reicke’s The Roots of the Synoptic Gospels to get a better grasp of the Independent theory of solving the synoptic problem.
- Next is Rethinking the Synoptic Problem ed. by Black and Beck. This book has defenses for both the two-document hypothesis (Markan priority) as well as the Griesbach hypothesis (Matthean priority).
- Next I’ll begin taking notes and applying principles to actual gospel pericopes. Eventually you have to move on from reading people’s books to actually checking the data yourself!
- I’ll start with a focus on the arguments and rational behind the two-document hypothesis as modern Griesbach proponents will be largely trying to fight them. So I need to understand them first. Stein’s Studying the Synoptic Gospels will be my first text in that regard. I read it a few years ago, but need to re-educate the noggin. I’ll supplement that with McKnight’s Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels.
- Before moving on to ol’ Griesbach, I’ll spend some time with the Markan-Hypothesis-Without-Q position, and will read Goodacre’s The Case Against Q.
- Next, Griesbach. I’ll read (reread really, as it has been a number of years) Farmer’s very influential The Synoptic Problem, and will supplement with Black’s Why Four Gospels?.
- That will all take a very long time, but then I will look at Sanders’ and Davies’ Studying the Synoptic Problem, as it apparently takes a different route than the others.
- I picked up Johnson’s The Griesbach Hypothesis and Redaction Criticism really cheap a while back. It’s a two-document hypothesis book, and maybe I’ll read that next.
These are all books that I currently own. I have some birthday money still left over, so if anyone has some recommendations for books on the synoptic problem, or recommendations in general on approaching this, I am open to hearing them.