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Why Four Gospels?

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In Why Four Gospels? noted Greek and New Testament scholar David Alan Black, concisely and clearly presents the case for the early development of the gospels, beginning with Matthew, rather than Mark. But this is much more than a discussion of the order in which the gospels were written. Using both internal data from the gospels themselves and an exhaustive and careful exa ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published October 13th 2010 by Energion Publications (first published 2001)
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Lee Harmon
May 15, 2012 Lee Harmon rated it it was amazing
Very good. This is a concise, well-organized explanation of the historical and textual arguments for David Black’s Fourfold-Gospel Hypothesis and an early writing of the Gospels. It’s a conservative treatment; David’s purpose in writing is to “renew, restore, and strengthen faith in the truth of the Gospels by providing scientific support for the church’s continuous teaching on their apostolicity and historicity.

I have been looking for a simple guide to the argument for apostolic authority and t
Brian Collins
Black proposes an expansion of the Griesbach or Two-Gospel hypothesis. In framing his position, Black takes patristic testimony about the Gospels seriously. He uses the patristic evidence to develop a plausible back-story that explains how the external and internal evidence favors a Matthew, Luke, Mark order to Gospel composition.

According to Black, the following can be concluded from the Fathers:
1. Matthew wrote his Gospel first in a Hebrew style.
2. John wrote his Gospel last.
3. Differences
Mark Stevens
Jul 22, 2012 Mark Stevens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With thanks to Dave Black and Energion Publications for this review copy. Part one and part two of my review are also available.

“The most ancient tradition of the Christian church is that the fourfold gospel came into existence in response to the needs experienced in some locality for an authoritative written word in addition to the continuous oral and unwritten preaching of the gospels by the earliest apostles.” Black, D. 2010, p.21

I first encountered the academic argument concerning the apostl
Robert Stump
Mar 15, 2012 Robert Stump rated it it was amazing
Homo Homini Lupus

What is it all about
David Alan Black lays out the basics of the Four-Fold Gospel Hypothesis (FFGH) of the origins of the four canonical gospels. Unlike the Markian priority theories that are prevalent in academia, FFGH roots itself in the testimony of the Early Church and the Church Fathers. Many Markian scholars assume that the early Church errs in its knowledge or in its scholarship and therefore lends the Church's testimony little weigh
Shaun Marksbury
Dec 30, 2016 Shaun Marksbury rated it it was amazing
Black has given us an excellent book explaining the chronology and composition of the four gospels. In doing so, he effectively destroys any argument for Markan priority or the existence of the supposed Q documentary source.

This work breaks down the scholarly presentations of primarily Dr. Bernard Orchard. As such, it points readers to other helpful resources for further reading. The compiled testimony of the Early Church Fathers alone makes it worth the price.

Black has also given the lay Chris
Sep 06, 2016 Matt added it
Proposes the "Fourfold Gospel Hypothesis," which posits Matthean priority, followed by Luke, Mark, and John. Derives his position by privileging the patristic evidence over literary evidence, although he analyzes the literary evidence to demonstrate how it can favor Matthean priority. An interesting and recommended read for those accustomed to the "assured results" of Markan priority in synoptic studies.
G. A. Dietrich
Nov 27, 2011 G. A. Dietrich rated it liked it
This book was pretty much a classic defense of Matthean priority. Black puts nearly all of his eggs in the historical basket, building a defense for Matthean priority based upon the early church. While the testimony of the early church is valuable, I feel Black puts too much value on it. On the whole though this is a good book for someone looking to gain a perspective on Matthean priority.
Lonnie VanZandt
Jan 21, 2017 Lonnie VanZandt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informative for a newbie: I never really appreciated why there are four distinct Gospels. Now I understand.
Jul 01, 2014 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great study of Gospel origins

an excellent summary of the issues and defense of the priority of Matthew and that Mark used both Matthew and Luke in his composition
Oct 15, 2016 En Yi WEI rated it really liked it
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Chapter 3 == The Making of the Gospels, especially The Markan Synthesis, is most interesting.
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