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    Steven Davies wrote: A new paradigm asserts not that much of what you know is wrong but that everything you know is wrong... more or less. Your whole
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      Steven Davies wrote:
      "A new paradigm asserts not that much of what you know is wrong but that everything you know is wrong... more or less. Your whole perspective is wrong."

      Bill Pinard responds:
      "William's Hypothesis" (and the two proof text that supports the hypothesis) is truly a new paradigm of thought. Please consider the hypothesis which is set forth as follows:

      Unto Thee In Order,
      Most Excellent Friend,Š

      William's Hypothesis

      The solution to the synoptic problem is posited in the words of Luke¹s prologue; the same words of the prologue having the multi-faceted function of introducing three distinct and separate written works of literature: the first introduction being to Luke¹s written gospel account; the second introduction being to the written declaration that had been delivered unto Luke; and the third introduction being to the written Q-source from which the words of that declaration had been taken.

      The synoptic problem (whether a problem of conflicting chronologies and disharmony of dramatic events; or whether a problem of literary disagreements and complications) is resolved by first producing a written reconstruction of the declaration delivered unto Luke; and then producing a written restoration of the former treatise, the Q-source from which the words of that declaration had been taken.


      The Parable of the Prologue: Introducing Luke¹s Gospel Account

      Forasmuch as manyŠ(KJV Translation)
      Many [people for the past two hundred years]Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      have taken in handŠ(KJV Translation)
      have [under]taken [upon themselves]Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      to set forth in orderŠ(KJV Translation)
      to draw up [various written and oral traditions to present]Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      a declarationŠ(KJV Translation)
      an account [of their own understanding]Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      of those thingsŠ(KJV Translation)
      of the things, [stories, and sayings both written and oral]Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      which are most surely believed among us,Š(KJV Translation)
      that have been fulfilled [spiritually] among us,Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      even as they delivered them unto us,Š(KJV Translation)
      just as the[ir written and oral traditions] were handed down to usŠ(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      which from the beginning were eyewitnesses,Š(KJV Translation)
      by those who from the first were eye-witnesses [of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John]Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      and ministers of the word;Š(KJV Translation)
      and servants of the word[s of the gospel accounts of Matthew-Mark-Luke-John]. (NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      it seemed good to me also,Š(KJV Translation)
      it seemed good also to me [and good to me also]Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      having had perfect understanding of all thingsŠ(KJV Translation)
      since I myself have carefully investigated everythingŠ(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      from the very first,Š(KJV Translation)
      from the beginning [of my undertaking],Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      to write unto thee in order,Š(KJV Translation)
      to write an orderly account for you [of my thoughts on the matter],Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      most excellent Theophilus,Š(KJV Translation)
      most excellent Theophilus,Š(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      that thou mightest know the certainty of those things,Š(KJV Translation)
      so that you may know the certainty of the thingsŠ(NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis)

      wherein thou hast been instructed. (Luke. 1:1-4, KJV Translation)
      you have been taught. (Luke. 1:1-4, NIV¹s Higher Hypothesis))

      The words of Luke¹s prologue are illusive and enigmatic, presenting a parable to the reader; and from the earliest written accounts of the fathers, the parabolic design of Luke¹s prologue has frustrated all efforts to determine exactly who were the ³many,² what was their ³declaration² and how was it ³set forth in order,² what were ³those things² that were believed, what was Luke¹s ³perfect understanding of all things² and what did he mean by ³the very first² and ³unto thee in order,² and what was the ³certainty of those things² that Theophilus might come to know?

      The scholars who produced the NIV translation attempted to answer those questions under the academic mantle of having a ³higher² understanding of the synoptic problem as well as a ³higher² understanding of the true meaning and intent of the koine greek words found in Luke¹s prologue. But these proponents of Higher Criticism have yet to produce a solution to the synoptic problem; (other than to claim that the four gospel accounts evolved over generations of time while being appended and amended and revised and edited by many ministers of the word; and that Jesus of Nazareth is nothing more than a mythological figure based on an aramaic healer-teacher who lived somewhere in time.) Their plethora of hypotheses jostling to solve the synoptic problem are as self-serving as their plethora of ³higher² bible translations. They have failed to grasp the deeper meaning and intent of ³The Parable of the Prologue².


      The Parable of the Prologue: Introducing the Declaration Received by Luke

      Forasmuch as manyŠ(KJV Translation)
      Forasmuch as Matthew, Mark, and JohnŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      have taken in handŠ(KJV Translation)
      have worked together on a group projectŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      to set forth in orderŠ(KJV Translation)
      to write down in chronological, historical, and dramatic orderŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      a declarationŠ(KJV Translation)
      a ³recital² in three-part harmonyŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      of those thingsŠ(KJV Translation)
      of the individual gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, and JohnŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      which are most surely believed among us,Š(KJV Translation)
      which are most surely known among the first century apostolic churchŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      even as they delivered them unto us,Š(KJV Translation)
      even as Matthew, Mark, and John delivered
      the individual gospel accounts unto usŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      which from the beginning were eyewitnesses,Š(KJV Translation)
      which from the beginning of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth
      were eye-witnesses of ³all that Jesus began both to do and teach²Š(William¹s Hypothesis)

      and ministers of the word;Š(KJV Translation)
      and composers of his gospelŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      it seemed good to me also,Š(KJV Translation)
      it seemed good to me alsoŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      having had perfect understanding of all thingsŠ(KJV Translation)
      having had perfect understanding of all four gospel accountsŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      from the very first,Š(KJV Translation)
      from the very beginning, even from ³above²Š(William¹s Hypothesis)

      to write unto thee in order,Š(KJV Translation)
      to write unto thee in chronological, historical, and dramatic orderŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      most excellent Theophilus,Š(KJV Translation)
      most excellent Friend of GodŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      a written reconstruction of the declaration received by Luke,
      which is entitled,


      The Declaration of the Apostles
      according to WilliamŠ(William¹s First Proof Text)


      that thou mightest know the certainty of those things,Š(KJV Translation)
      that you might know the certainty of those gospels (whether ours or ³another²)Š(William¹s Hypothesis)

      wherein thou hast been instructed. (Luke 1:1-4, KJV Translation)
      wherein you have been catechized or schooled. (Luke 1:1-4, William¹s Hypothesis)


      Line Upon Line Comments

      (1) Comment on ³many²:
      If the ³many² in Luke¹s prologue does not refer to Matthew-Mark-John, then the only alternate reading would be that the ³many² refers to certain ³lost apostles,² who personally delivered to Luke¹s fellowship a written declaration; which after the writing of Luke¹s gospel account simply vanished, becoming the celebrated ³lost gospel² of the bible! Could it be that Luke¹s fellowship failed to copy and distribute holy scripture once delivered unto them by the apostles because they were too busy copying and distributing Luke¹s gospel account? Or could it be that this ³lost gospel² was supplanted by the gospel accounts of Matthew-Mark-John, who had neither place nor ministry in Luke¹s fellowship? Hardly. The assertion that the ³many² in Luke¹s prologue does not refer to Matthew-Mark-John leads to the understanding that those three gospel accounts were not written by apostolic eyewitnesses and composers of the gospel: to wit, that all four gospel accounts evolved into existence !
      independent of each other from 65 A.D.-200 A.D., (a process which a secular humanist might call ³scriptural evolution;²) that because the four gospel accounts evolved ³here a little, there a little² they are not lawful depositions, having a perfect historicity, subject to any natural consideration of time-distance-movement; that the four gospel accounts are not in synoptic agreement and the problem is insoluble; and therefore, the four gospel accounts do not interlock in perfect synoptic agreement to set forth in order a declaration. In conclusion, to assert that the ³many² referred to in Luke¹s prologue are not apostolic eyewitnesses of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, who composed the gospel accounts of Matthew-Mark-John, is to fundamentally assert that the three gospel accounts are not a true historical record but rather testify to a mythological faith that evolved over time.

      (2) Comment on ³to set forth in order²:
      [Strong¹s 1299. diatasso; from 1223 and 5021; to arrange thoroughly, i.e., (spec.) institute, prescribe, ect:-appoint, command, give, (set in) order, ordain.] The gospel accounts of Matthew-Mark-John were set forth ³by arrangement² to establish a limited declaration, what is commonly called a harmony of the gospels; it being known that Luke¹s gospel account was needed to complete the work.

      (3) Comment on ³declaration²:
      [Strong¹s 1335. diegesis; a recital:-declaration; from 1334. diegeomai; to relate fully:-declare, show, tell.] The declaration of M-M-J was a ³recital in three-part harmony² that formally and explicitly related the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth from the very beginning to the very end.

      (4) Comment on ³things²:
      [Strong¹s 4229. pragma; from 4238; a deed; by impl. an affair; by extension a (material) object:-business, matter, thing, work.] The ³things² refer to the individual gospel accounts of Matthew-Mark-John, each being a distinct and separate literary work.

      (5) Comment on ³most surely believed² among us:
      [Strong¹s 4135. plerophoreo; from 4134 and 5409; to carry out fully (in evidence), i.e., completely assure (or convince),entirely accomplish:-most surely believe, fully know (persuade), make full proof of.] Luke¹s fellowship was intimately involved in all aspects of the ministry of the word, even the proofreading of the arrangement of the declaration.

      (6) Comment on ³delivered them²:
      [Strong¹s 3860. paradidomi; from 3844 and 1325; to surrender, i.e., yield up, entrust, transmit:-betray, bring forth, cast, commit, deliver (up), give (over,up), hazard, put in prison, recommend.] The authors of the gospel accounts of Matthew-Mark-John delivered ³them² (pl.) into the hands of Luke¹s fellowship. It is obvious that the ³them² refers to the ³things/pragmas² noted in comment #4.

      (7) Comment on ³the beginning²:
      [Strong¹s 746. arkhay; from 756; (prop. abstr.) a commencement, or (concr.) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank):-beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.] Luke is referring to the beginning of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

      (8) Comment on ³eye-witnesses²:
      [Strong¹s 845. autoptes; from 846 and 3700; self-seeing, i.e., an eye-witness:-eye-witness.] The KJV translation is literal.

      (9) Comment on ³word²:
      [Strong¹s 3056. logos; something said (including the thought); by impl. a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extens. a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e., Christ):-account, cause, communication, doctrine, preaching, question, reason, treatise, word, work.] The authors of the gospel accounts of Matthew-Mark-John composed new testament scripture and ministered the ³logos² of the Gospel of Christ.

      (10) Comment on ³it seemed good²:
      Luke¹s motive for his involvement was a personal sense of goodness.

      (11) Comment on ³perfect understanding²:
      [Strong¹s 199; akribos; adv. from the same as 196; to be exact; exactly:-circumspectly, diligently, perfect (-ly).] [Strong¹s 3877. parakoloutheo; from 3844 and 190; to follow near, i.e., (fig.) attend (as a result), trace out, conform to:-attain, follow, fully know, have understanding.] The KJV translation is literal.

      (12) Comment on ³all things²:
      [Strong¹s 4229. pragma; see line 5 def.] Luke is now referring to the three gospel accounts of M-M-J as well as his own gospel account.

      (13) Comment on the ³very first²:
      [Strong¹s 509. anothen; from 507; from above; by anal. from the first; by impl. anew:-from above, again, from the beginning (very first), the top.] Luke himself not being as eyewitness, and yet having worked on the project from the very beginning of its conception, testifies that the source-authority of his perfect understanding of the four gospel accounts that set forth in order a declaration is ³from above.²

      (14) Comment on ³order²:
      [Strong¹s 2517. kathexes; from 2596 and 1836; thereafter, i.e., consecutively; as a noun a subsequent person or time:-after(-ward), by (in) order.] Luke is writing in sequence the fourth and final gospel account, knowing that it would be appended to the declaration of Matthew, Mark, and John.

      (15) Comment on ³know the certainty²:
      [Strong¹s 1921. epiginosko; from 1909 and 1097; to know upon some mark, i.e., recognize; by impl. to become fully acquainted with, to acknowledge:-know, perceive.] [Strong¹s 803. asphaleia; from 804; security (lit. or fig.):-certainty, safety.] The KJV translation is literal.

      (16) Comment on those ³things²:
      [Strong¹s 3056. logos; see #4 and #12 comment on ³pragmas²]: The ³things² (not being the ³pragmas² of individual gospel accounts) refer to a number of other gospels that were being preached at that time. Luke¹s desire was that Theophilus might know that those ³other² gospels were certainly false; and that the four gospel accounts which set forth in order the Declaration of the Apostles were certainly true. The deeper meanings and full intents of the koine greek words that set forth ³The Parable of the Prologue² are extremely subtle, rich, and complex.

      (17) Comment on ³wherein²:
      Luke is not referring to doctrines or teachings; his primary concern is that Theophilus know the ³certainty² of those gospels ³from which² or ³wherein² he had been catechized.

      (18) Comment on ³instructed²:
      [Strong¹s 2727. katecheo; from 2596 and 2279; to sound down into the ears, i.e., to indoctrinate (³catechize²) or (gen.) to apprise of:-inform, instruct, teach.] Theophilus had been a recipient of religious instruction; he had been ³schooled² or catechized.


      The Parable of the Prologue: Introducing the Former Treatise: ³Šthe Q-source from which the words of that declaration had been taken.²

      Forasmuch as manyŠ(KJV Translation)
      Forasmuch as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and JohnŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      have taken in handŠ(KJV Translation)
      have worked together on a group projectŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      to set forth in orderŠ(KJV Translation)
      to write down in chronological, historical, and dramatic orderŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      a declarationŠ(KJV Translation)
      a ³recital² in four-part harmonyŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      of those thingsŠ(KJV Translation)
      of the individual gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and JohnŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      which are most surely believed among us,Š(KJV Translation)
      which are most surely known among us in these last daysŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      even as they delivered them unto us,Š(KJV Translation)
      even as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John delivered
      the individual gospel accounts unto us through timeŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      which from the beginning were eyewitnesses,Š(KJV Translation)
      which from the beginning of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth
      were eye-witnesses of ³all that Jesus began both to do and teach²Š(William¹s Hypothesis)

      and ministers of the word;Š(KJV Translation)
      and composers of his gospelŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      it seemed good to me also,Š(KJV Translation)
      it seemed good to me alsoŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      having had perfect understanding of all thingsŠ(KJV Translation)
      having had perfect understanding of all four gospel accounts
      as well as the The Declaration of the Apostles according to WilliamŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      from the very first,Š(KJV Translation)
      from the very beginning, even from ³above²Š(William¹s Hypothesis)

      to write unto thee in order,Š(KJV Translation)
      to write unto thee in chronological, historical, and dramatic orderŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      most excellent Theophilus,Š(KJV Translation)
      most excellent Friend of GodŠ(William¹s Hypothesis)

      a written restoration of the former treatise,
      the Q-source from which the words of that declaration had been taken,
      which is entitled:-


      The Gospel of Christ
      according to WilliamŠ(William¹s Second Proof Text)


      that thou mightest know the certainty of those things,Š(KJV Translation)
      that you might know the certainty of those gospel accounts (whether ours or ³another²)Š(William¹s Hypothesis)

      wherein thou hast been instructed. (Luke 1:1-4, KJV Translation)
      wherein you have been catechized or schooled. (Luke 1:1-4, William¹s Hypothesis)


      The Parable of the Epilogue:
      ³The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of allŠ² (Acts 1:1, KJV)

      (1) Comment on the ³former²:
      [Strong¹s #4413. protos; foremost (in time, place, order or importance):-before, beginning, best, chief (-est), first (of all), former.] The treatise was foremost in time, place, order, and importance to the Declaration of the Apostles as well as the individual gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

      (2) Comment on ³treatise²:
      [Strong¹s #3056. logos; something said (including the thought); by impl. a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extens. a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e., Christ):-account, cause, communication, doctrine, preaching, question, reason, treatise, word, work.] The treatise was not an individual gospel account (a ³pragma²) but the foremost Q-source and complete ³logos² of the Declaration of the Apostles.

      (3) Comment on ³have I made²:
      [Strong¹s #4160. poieo; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct):-to band together, to bring forth, to fulfill.] ³The former treatise have I madeŠ² testifies to the process that reconstructed the Declaration of the Apostles and restored the Q-source from which the words of that declaration had been taken. It is manifest that the Matthew-Mark-Luke-John worked in colleague from the former treatise, which they very carefully dismantled, and then crafted into four separate gospel accounts. Each individual gospel account set forth in order a simple straightforward report, qualified only by the perspective of the witness and his selection of testimony; which upon examination was found to be a lawful deposition, having a perfect historicity, subject to any natural consideration of time-distance-movement, whose textual integrity was flawless; and thereby aroused no serious question that would challenge its content or authenticity. However, when the four gosp!
      el accounts were placed side-by-side, that their testimonies might agree, a synoptic problem emerged because the four gospels were crafted to function as a parable. The phenomenon of the synoptic problem was an illusion caused by the parabolic design of the four gospel accounts.

      The solution to the synoptic problem was to first reconstruct the declaration of the four gospel accounts; and then restore the former treatise by conflating the words of the declaration of M-M-L-J into one body of literature. It is manifest upon examination of the first and second proof texts of William¹s Hypothesis, that Matthew-Mark-Luke-John not only crafted the former treatise into four separate gospel accounts, they also crafted the four gospel accounts so that the declaration could be reconstructed and the former treatise could be restored. The entire wisdom of the workŠthe taking apart the gospel with the intent that at some future point in time it could and would be restoredŠwould be ³put back together again²Šwas by design.


      William¹s First Proof Text

      The Declaration of the Apostles according to William is the true and perfect harmony of the four gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Declaration sets forth in order the dramatic events of who did what-where-when, providing a perfect synoptic understanding of the four gospel accounts, without private interpretation or commentary. All scripture is taken from the Authorized King James Version of the bible; and used in the order in which it is evidently set forth in each gospel account, with no scripture omitted and none used more than once; while the order of the scripture is determined by the testimony of the scripture. The Declaration is an invaluable tool for the study of scripture. Dramatic consideration of time-distance-movement can be precisely determined; while literary considerations of issues, doctrines, and concepts can be charted throughout the gospel.


      William¹s Second Proof Text

      The Gospel of Christ according to William, having the source-authority of the gospel accounts of Matthew-Mark-Luke-John, is inerrant in word and deed, form and content; and having a perfect historicity, is a lawful document subject to any natural consideration of time-distance-movement; and having all scripture knitted together in perfect agreement, is a complete and a full-bodied portrait of Christ, superbly dramatic and symphonically rich.


      A New Paradigm of Thought

      The solution to the synoptic problem, which has been solved by ³putting back together again² the four canonical gospels, establishes a new paradigm of thought. On the horizon of the twenty-first century there awaits a renaissance of biblical research unencumbered by the false assumptions of traditional academic and religious thinking; ready to produce a deeper understanding and appreciation of the ancient writings. We must move forward in this matter.

      Nestle-Aland¹s Synopsis of the Gospels, which in the past has generated a plethora of failed hypotheses, now testifies to the scholastic aberrations of the past. The order of scripture found in any Nestle-Aland text is greatly flawed and must be abandoned for the order of scripture found in The Declaration of the Apostles according to William.


      A Shift from the Old Synoptic Problem to the New Synoptic Question

      Why was the gospel of Christ taken apart?

      What impact does this finding have on the inerrancy issue and other related questions?

      Could there be a Q-source of the former treatise itself that is waiting to be discovered?

      How is it that the pre-nicene fathers had no knowledge of what had been done by the apostolic church?

      What impact does this new paradigm of thought have on our traditional understanding of these matters?

      Could the declaration be reconstructed and the gospel be restored on the koine greek level?

      Does this new paradigm of thought lay the foundation for a new translation of the bible?

      Ours is the new generation! I stand ready to enter into the twenty-first century. Will you stand with me?

      William G. Pinard
      Drafted 1/1/99
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      Gracious correspondence is always appreciated and if time allows I will respond.

      Wm. G. Pinard
      wm@...
      (503)-286-3633
      Portland Oregon, USA

      The website is currently closed; hopefully to be opened in a month or so. (http://www.spiritone.com/~wm/Restoration/untoindex.html) You may download from the website the following files free of charge: (1) the table of contents of the Declaration of the Apostles; (2) paragraphs #1385-1431 which sets forth in order ³The Trial of Jesus and the Trial of Peter²; (3) the complete appendix of the Declaration which sets forth in order the chronology, an examination of the many ³first-again events,² and other relevant information.
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