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Sunday, 18 May 2014

M.R. Goode on Marcion and the Dating of the Synoptic Gospels

Dear M.R. Goode, I am so sorry that I pressed the wrong button and instead of publishing, I deleated your interesting comment which I'd like to follow up. Fortunately, I still had the text saved, so here it is,
yours Markus

M.R. Goode has left a new comment on your post "Marcion and the Dating of the Synoptic Gospels (St...": 

Dr. Vinzent
I do not know what a "school" environment in Rome in the mid second century would have been like but a fellow Englishman named Ron Price proposed that all of the gospel accounts where designed on the concept of about 800 letter segments (or divisions of 800 count e.g. 1600, 2400) that fit on 1 page of codex. If something like that was true then it sure would tie in nicely with your theory that all accounts were written in near proximity to each in Rome under similar circumstances. I thought you would have a good feel for whether this is possible or improbable. 


  1. Here is his website:

  2. This is from Fr. Thomas Brodie's "The Birthing of the New Testament" talking about "schools": 'If that principle applies to the bodies of writings mentioned above - the Deuteronomic, Johannine and Pauline - then it applies to the three Synoptics. Furthermore, if John used the Synoptics (an idea finding increasing support) then John becomes part of the larger gospel group of writers, then what emerges is not a series of unrelated schools, but effective communications among all the main strands of New Testament writings. In some sense there was one key community of writers.'
    But it gets even better because it is his theory that all of the gospels came from what he calls proto-Luke and are based on the Elijah-Elisha cycle of stories.