Question of the Day for Tuesday, June 11, 2013
What is the Griesbach Hypothesis?
Q. I have been trying to study more about Scripture. Would you give me your opinion about the Griesbach hypothesis?
Ambrose, via e-mail
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:
The two principal explanations of the interrelatedness of the first three (“synoptic”) Gospels are the “two-source” theory and the “two-gospel” theory. The latter is known as the “Griesbach” theory in reference to its 18th-century originator. The “two-source” theory is held today apparently by a majority of scholars. It holds that of the Gospels Mark was written first. In writing their Gospels, Matthew and Luke used as their sources Mark; a hypothetical document designated “Q”; and other materials are known as “M” and as “L.”
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