3 Replies to “Session 4: The Gospel of Matthew”
Katherine asks–if we are to do nothing, how does that fit it with Paul’s excoriation of the idea some had that we can “sin more that grace may abound?”
David asks–is Qelle avariant of the German word Quellle (meaning Source)
David asks–your suggestion that Matthew was first is interesting–especially and Mark are shorter. The “evolutionary” idea of Mark first seems likely if you think in those terms. Perhaps you’re suggesting that Mark and Luke are shortened, almost “Cliff’s Notes” versions (esp. in the case of Mark) for a different audience?
“If we are to do nothing…” doesn’t quite capture the point I was making. My question/assertion was, “What are you going to do now that you don’t have to do anything?” Since God did it all for us in Jesus and gave it all to us in Baptism, there is nothing we can do must do to be saved. Another way of wording the question is to ask, “What are you going to do now that you have been saved?” Continuing in sin is out of the question.
As to “Qelle” on the slide, it is not a variant. It is a typo! To quote my Greek prof from college who was likely quoting others, “Even Homer nodded.”
Although I argue for Matthean priority, it does not follow that Mark or Luke used Matthew (although Luke does mention in his preface other writers). The common language is more likely the product of the oral traditions that preceded the gospels.
I meant Quelle (2 L’s and a u)
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