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    Martin Mosse(Author)

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This is a book with a double thrust. Dr Mosse presents an unremittingly logical assault upon the Synoptic Problem which develops into a general treatment of the major issues in New Testament history. Repeatedly affirming the testimony of Papias and the Early Fathers, Mosse offers a carefully integrated case for early dates and traditional authorship of the three Synoptic Gospels and Acts in opposition to the redundant hypothesis of Q. This in turn leads into a study of Paul's later career, including a detailed discussion of the dates and provenance of his later epistles.Along the way he addresses cruces such as the chronology of Jesus' ministry in "Mark" and "John"; the day and date of the crucifixion; the identification and dates of Paul's visits to Jerusalem; Paul's ever-changing Corinthian itineraries; the date and addressees of Galatians; and many others. All this is supported by a wealth of reference material including a full chronology of the New Testament and a historical survey of all the epistles in their probable sequence. The end product has a wide appeal which will attract New Testament specialists as well as students of theology, preachers and laity seeking to refresh their understanding of modern New Testament scholarship.

Martin Mosse has written a lively and provocative study of the composition of the Synoptic Gospels within the context of primitive Christianity. Historical clues found within the New Testament are followed in his attempts to locate the origins of the earliest Gospels. The broad sweep of his investigations and the relentlessly pursued logic of many of his arguments are to be welcomed. Mosse flies many worthwhile kites which will deserve analysis by perceptive readers. --J. Keith Elliott, Professor of New Testament, University of LeedsThis is a fine piece of work, creatively challenging a number of paradigms in New Testament scholarship and making use of all kinds of early Christian evidence to reconstruct a full and persuasive chronology for the biblical documents. Like Bishop John Robinson s work on the dating of the New Testament books and events, it asks us to start by being a bit more sceptical about accumulated scholarly habits and return for a fresh look at the literary and historical evidence. It will certainly provoke controversy, and is unlikely to convince everyone; but it is argued with energy and clarity and insists, rightly, on the significance of many neglected sources and arguments. A real achievement. --Rowan Williams, Archbishop of CanterburyMosse s book has given me new confidence in our Gospel texts which will have a real impact on my preaching. His skilful use of Occam s Razor and what seemed to me irrefutable logic have persuaded me that we should jettison all references to Q at the earliest opportunity. He has also made a convincing case for traditional authorship of all four Gospels, and early dates of the Synoptics. --Tom Kennar, Curate, Warblington with Emsworth

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  • PDF | 416 pages
  • Martin Mosse(Author)
  • Authentic Media (1 Aug. 2007)
  • English
  • 10
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By J C Braadby on 19 October 2012

    This is a carefully researched book, with many tables and appendices. It argues cogently for early dating of the synoptic gospels. The ancient sources are discussed with the assurance of an ancient historian. It is particularly strong on the case against Q. Mosse relies heavily on "sequence" arguments when asserting Marcan priority. He writes clearly and with passion, making this an exciting contribution to NT studies.

  • By D. Kemball-cook on 11 July 2012

    This is an excellent and scholarly analysis of the synoptic problemIt uses many innovative techniques of presentationThe solution seems very plausibleI recommend it highly

  • By Lance Pierson on 12 November 2012

    Rowan Williams, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, calls this book `a real achievement'. I would say it was a lot more than that. I found it breathtaking.You would expect a scholarly book on `the three Gospels' to deal with the `synoptic problem', i.e. the relationship between Matthew, Mark and Luke. It sorts that out in the first 100 pages, giving strong evidence that Mark wrote first, Matthew used Mark, and Luke used Matthew as well as Mark. There is no need for the imaginary Q. It then provides equally strong evidence to support traditional authorship and early dates: Mark by 45AD, Matthew late 40s or 50s, Luke 60-61 and Acts 62. And there is still time to verify authorship and dates of the New Testament letters as well!What is Martin Mosse's distinctive and his secret? He has studied all previous writings on these topics, but he is not a career theologian. He is a mathematician; and he has applied strict mathematical logic to these questions. This helps him cut through over a century of speculation and doubt to a convincing defence of traditional understandings. I just wish I had read his book before attempting to write any of my own.

  • By john19 on 11 November 2012

    This is an interesting book, one I can recommend to all serious students of the New Testament. Dr Mosse writes well and argues cogently for a reassessment of 'Q' and thus of New Testament dating. Drawing on a wide number of sources he encourages the reader to look at the subject anew and his book is a breath of fresh air in a much-studied area. His argument might sometimes be seen as contentious but it is always backed up by logical argument and thorough examination. It made me think. It still does.

  • By Martin on 22 October 2014

    Everyone should read this. Why do so many people have difficulty accepting the reliability of the past and the core texts of Christianity? This book should answer their concerns. I was so excited hearing the lives of the first christians explored.


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