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Is Mark the first?

As an undergraduate student of theology nearly 30 years ago, I was introduced to the work of W.R. Farmer and his theory that the assumption of Markan priority (for all its popularity) lacked proof and that the order Matthew, Luke, Mark was equally possible in the light of the internal data of the gospels themselves. Since then I have been suspicious of the two-source theory for gospel origins and increasingly convinced that a theory which assumes an earlier dating for the authorship of the three Synoptic Gospels and an order akin to Farmer's is more plausible.

Stephen Dray

By David Alan Black
Kregel. 118 pages
ISBN 0 8254 2070 9