Commentary on Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History 3.39

Text In H.E. 3.39, Eusebius of Caesarea provides both information about Papias and quotations from Papias: (1) There are extant five books of Papias, which bear the title Expositions of Oracles of the Lord. Irenaeus makes mention of these as the only works written by him, in the following words: "These things are attested by … Continue reading Commentary on Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History 3.39

Fragment from Gospel of Mark is not from the First Century

For a few years now there have been rumors of a fragment from the Gospel of Mark that dates to the first century. Work on the fragment (which contains Mark 1:7-9, 16-18) has finally been published (by Dirk Obbink and Daniela Colomo) and the fragment is dated to the late second or early third century. … Continue reading Fragment from Gospel of Mark is not from the First Century

The Anti-Marcionite Prologues to the Gospels

Introduction The Anti-Marcionite Prologues to the Gospels are short prefixes to the gospels of Mark, Luke, and John. If there ever was a prefix to the gospel of Matthew it has been lost. The prologues are so named because they were once thought by Donatien de Bruyne to have an anti-Marcion sentiment. In fact, only … Continue reading The Anti-Marcionite Prologues to the Gospels

Review of Chapter 12 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

Introduction In this final chapter Wenham argues for the dates of the Synoptic Gospels. He believes Luke was written before 55, that Mark was written around 45, and that Matthew was written in about 40. Before or After AD 70? Jerusalem and its temple were destroyed by the Romans in 70. All three Synoptic Gospels … Continue reading Review of Chapter 12 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

Review of Chapter 8 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

In this chapter Wenham finishes up going over the evidence pertaining to Mark's gospel. The first piece of additional evidence is the tradition of the Alexandrian church which makes Mark the founder of that church: Eusebius, HE 2.16: "And they say that this Mark was the first that was sent to Egypt, and that he … Continue reading Review of Chapter 8 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

Review of Chapter 6 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

In this chapter Wenham will look at ancient testimonies concerning the Gospel of Mark. There is a solid core to the tradition that links Mark to Peter's teaching in Rome. As was the case with Matthew, we start with Papias (Eusebius, HE 3.39.14-15): But now we must add to the words of his [Papias] which … Continue reading Review of Chapter 6 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

Review of Chapter 4 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

In this chapter Wenham argues that Matthew's relationship to Mark can be explained on the lines of the patristic tradition. The patristic tradition holds that: The apostle Matthew was the first to write a gospel and that he did so in the Hebrew language for Hebrew readers. The Gospel of Mark was the second gospel … Continue reading Review of Chapter 4 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke