Mark Stevens at the Near Emmaus blog has begun a review series on Why Four Gospels?. Be sure to go check it out. He’s going to do these in a series of posts called “Black Tuesdays.” Here’s an idea, Mark. What if we send you two other books by Dave Black, also published by Energion, [...]
6:57 PM This morning somebody emailed me a couple of questions about my book Why Four Gospels. Here are his questions, along with my answers.
At Energion Publications we like the blogosphere, and we like to see our books on people’s reading lists. Why Four Gospels? is one of Five Books I Liked This Year from The Savannah Project.
Arthur Sido provides a very positive review at The Voice of One Crying Out in Suburbia.
Posted here. Takeaway? “… a short book with a big punch.”
10:12 AM On the original motivation for Matthew: As soon as the first wave of converts had been baptized and their instruction organized by the Twelve, the apostles’ thoughts turned to the practical question of how to unify and consolidate their teaching about Jesus. The apostles realized that they somehow needed to promulgate those passages [...]
7:47 AM Mark as the interpres of Peter: Indeed, it is the modern critics, blinded by their conviction of the priority of Mark, who have failed to accept the obvious message of the patristic evidence. That is why they have misunderstood the significance of the texts that always describe the disciple Mark as the go-between [...]
6:57 PM Mark as an enabling document: Matthew is the fundamental Gospel and the most important, but each was written and published in response to a particular need of the church in a particular historical situation. The real significance of Mark lies in Peter’s guarantee that Luke was fit to be read beside Matthew in [...]
Read notes by Dave Black at The Jesus Paradigm.
12:48 PM On historicity: Unlike the fantastic hypotheses thought up by exponents of Markan priority, which cannot be directly refuted because they are all located in the blank tunnel period, the Fourfold-Gospel Hypothesis respects and accepts the real life situation of the universal church in the years 30–67 and agrees with the known history of [...]