8-30-07 Mark and Luke - New way of reading the Gospels...

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8-30-07 New way of reading the Gospels preceded by traditional way. 35 gospels known of at this point, few do we have in their entirety. - Matt, Mark, Luke John, Judas, infancy gospel of James, Thomas - Others are known by title only, or author is unknown Gospel: teachings without narrative, or revelations, or stories centering on Jesus. Only 4 ever had a real chance of becoming authoritative as guides to Christianity. This was assured by about 180A.D. Who wrote it? The gospels were written as anonymous narratives. Nowhere is the author identified. As Christians were reading the gospels they wanted to know who had written them. One of the conventions of reading a traditional book you have to know who the author is and why it was written. - The gospels became important enough that people wanted to know who had written them. - Beginning in mid 2 nd century, we get evidence of authors being assigned to certain gospels. Who was Mark? We know he was connected somehow with Peter, and he was not an original disciple. In 1 Peter, “my son Mark” In Philemon 24 Paul sends greetings to Mark Again in Acts, Mark is in Jerusalem as John Mark, is connected with Paul, and leaves Paul. Presumably the Mark Papius refers to (see course reader Aug 30) is the same one referred to in the gospel.
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