The Gospel Problem
What's the problem with Matthew, Mark, and Luke? These have been called the 'synoptic' gospels because they seem to narrate from a common point of view. But why are they so different when referencing the same events in the life of the same Christ? And why do some of these differences seem irreconcilable? Special session with guest lecturer Dr Spencer Stadler
According to Dr Stadler, the synoptic problem addresses the sometimes problematic literary relationship between Matthew, Mark and Luke, and in particular, how the authors of Matthew and Luke used Mark in the composition of their own gospel accounts. For example, were there 1 or 2 demon possessed men among the graves? Did Jesus say, “blessed are the poor,” or “blessed are the poor in spirit”? Did the holy family travel first to Egypt or did they move directly back to Nazareth? A tangential issue raised by differences such as these is how they impact the view of biblical inerrancy as championed in the evangelical church for the last 100 years.