Some adoption from Mt, some free composition to develop the Mt precedent,
and a high-handed redo of the ethnically limited Mt genealogy. There are
only a few passages where words or phrases are unmistakably drawn from Mk,
but these compel us to conclude that in addition to following Mt with a
respectful but free pen, Lk was also simultaneously aware of Mk.
LEONARD: "Unmistakably drawn from Mk," only for one who has a predisposition, not to say prejudice, in favor of Markan priority.
Otherwise the logic here is hardly compelling. Many of the changes to Matthew in Luke's presentation of John are demonstrably Lukan, in the sense that they can be verified from elsewhere in Luke and/or Acts as characteristically Lukan perspectives. No neutral observer of the evidence would feel compelled to attribute these changes to the influence of Mark.
Blessed John XXIII National Seminary
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