From the Earliest Gospel (Q+) to the Gospel of Mark focuses on the remarkable overlaps between Jesus’s teachings in the lost Gospel Q and Mark.
Dennis R. MacDonald argues Synoptic intertextuality is best explained not as the redaction of sources but more flexibly as the imitation of literary models. Part One applies the criteria of mimesis criticism in a running commentary on Q+ to demonstrate that it polemically imitated Deuteronomy. Part Two argues that Mark in turn tendentiously imitated Logoi. The Conclusion proposes that Matthew and Luke in turn brilliantly and freely imitated both Logoi and Mark and by doing so created scores of duplicate sayings and episodes (doublets).
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About the Author
Dennis R. MacDonald has taught at Goshen College, Iliff School of Theology, and the Claremont School of Theology, from which he is now semiretired.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Logoi of Jesus (Q+) and Deuteronomy
Introduction to Part One
A Mimetic Commentary on the Logoi of Jesus
Conclusion to Part One
Part Two: The Gospel of Mark and the Logoi of Jesus (Q+)
Introduction to Part Two
A Mimetic Commentary on the Gospel of Mark
Conclusion to Part Two
Conclusion: Solving the Synoptic Wars with Mimesis Criticism
Appendix 1: Criteria for Recovering the Lost Gospel
Appendix 2: The Logoi of Jesus and its Synoptic Transformations
Appendix 3: The Logoi of Jesus in Greek
Appendix 4: The Logoi of Jesus in English
Appendix 5: Scholars Who Argued that Mark Used Q (with James R. Van Dore)