- Mahlon H. Smith, Carl William Conrad, Edgar Krentz greetings
>Here is a first attempt:the literary relationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and
> > > >
>The synoptic problem is an inquiry into the existence and nature of
> > > >I would like to add "the historical, literary and theological
> > > >Stephen Carlson
> > >
> > > Good succinct definition. I would add "and the investigation of
> > > reonstructed non-surviving sources."
> > But presumably we are talking about WRITTEN sources here, however
> > hypothetical, and not just about oral tradition, I presume.
> > Carl W. Conrad
> I'll accept your qualification, Carl, as long as it is not designed to
> exclude consideration of the interrelationship of oral tradition &
> written documents in the formation of the synoptic gospels. I don't see
> how a purely literary definition of the synoptic problem can be defended
> at this stage in the history of gospel research. Let me see if I can
> integrate what we have so far into a succinct definition:
> "The synoptic problem is (1) an inquiry into the existence and nature of
> the literary relationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and
> Luke,(2)investigation of reconstructed non-surviving written sources,
> and (3)exploration of the influence of oral tradition upon the
> development of manuscripts of these gospels."
relationship" to number 1.
Richard H. Anderson