Parallel Texts in Matthew, Mark
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Acclaim & Reviews
[NB: Given the
ephemeral nature of digital publishing
many of the web pages from which the following blurbs were excerpted
have disappeared in cyberspace. Links are provided to those still online.]
A Synoptic Gospels Primer
was one of the first 26 websites chosen for inclusion in the American
Theological Libraries Association ATSRW
List of Cataloged Websites, 28 June 2005.
"First class, user-friendly web site, providing
useful introductions to the study of the Synoptic Problem, sample synopses and an extensive bibliography, all from the
perspective of the dominant Two-Source Theory. A good place to begin one's study of the Synoptic
-- Prof. Mark Goodacre,
Department of Religion, Duke U [New
Testament Gateway (offline Aug 2020)].
"Another site rich in detail with the materials
excellently presented. Maintained by Mahlon Smith, this is a valuable resource for both teachers
and scholars." -- Prof. Thomas R. W. Longstaff, Colby College ME
Two Gospel Hypothesis (offline Aug 2017)].
"your Synoptic Primer page is a work of art. Not only is it rich with information, but
the work that went into its organization results in a remarkably good looking and exceptionally
useful resource. I doubt that you are so inclined, but it is certainly worth publishing in
hard copy!" -- Dr. Michael T. MacDonell (PhD in biology, doctoral candidate in biblical studies, Trinity
Bible College & Seminary, British Columbia, Canada) [e-mail cited
"Stunningly well-done site by Professor Mahlon Smith of Rutgers that
clearly describes both the problem of the differing accounts of Jesus found in the Gospels as well as
the solutions--throughout history and today--to understanding this problem."
-- Prof. Alan Godlas, Department of Religion, U of Georgia [Judaism, Christianity, Religious
Studies & Mysticism Links].
"As a technologist I found the Synoptic Gospels
Primer a great demonstration of the power of electronic delivery of scholarly
materials." "Mahlon Smith has made good use of hypertext links and text coloring to illustrate
Synoptic Gospel issues for undergraduates. This is a "primer" only in the sense that it relies upon an English
translation of the text, which makes it more accessible to its intended audience.
The site and its techniques merit extended study and emulation by scholars
concerned with textual or textual transmission issues."
-- Patrick Durusau, Director of Research & Development, Society of Biblical Literature [Sites
of Interest (off-line Aug 2020) & personal e-mail
cited with permission].
"This is a clear,
well-structured resource that provides an excellent
introduction to its subject." -- Dr. James A. J. Wilson, Oxford
Arts & Humanities (off-line July 2011)].
"Thanks for your helpful web site, which I was just
using with much profit." -- Dr. Joel Marcus,
Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Boston University School of Theology
[personal e-mail, cited with permission].
introduction to Synoptic Problem studies" -- Prof. John S.
Kloppenborg, U of Toronto [New
Testament & Christian Origins].
invaluable introduction to the synoptic gospels" - Alliance for
Life Long Learning (Oxford, Stanford & Yale University Libraries) [AllLearn:
Gospels Primer... certainly succeeds by
presenting a detailed source critical analysis of several pericopes in
accordance with the Two Source Hypothesis, the Griesbach or Two Gospel
Hypothesis, the Farrer Hypothesis, and the Augustinian Hypothesis. This site
also includes an informative glossary of
important terms and concepts in synoptic source criticism." - Stephen
C. Carlson [The Synoptic Problem Home Page & Other Internet Resources,
posted by Jerusalem Perspective On-Line].
site on the Synoptics" - West England Ministerial Training
to the New Testament (off-line)].
"Very easy to use" --
Independent Schools Training for Religious Studies, UK [Resource
Pages: New Testament].
"I am a Lutheran pastor
coordinating a Lay School for Mission training people for leadership roles
in the church. This term I am teaching the New Testament Course.
I came upon your web site when I was looking for material to assist in
teaching the synoptic problem and redaction criticism. What a
treasure! With the color-coding and the easy navigating parallels,
greatly aid me in my teaching task. Thank you." -- Rev.
Peter Jonas, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Iron Mountain, MI [personal
e-mail, cited with permission].
"It's rare that I see [a] web
page that so perfectly captures the power of HTML to
make complex ideas accessible as this wonderful website...." -- Svend
- Best of the Web" -- Wabash
Center for Teaching & Learning in Theology & Religion [Internet
Guide to Religion (off-line 2018)].
of the Web" [New
York Public Library].
the month (December 2000): "Very useful" -- Prof.
Torrey Seland, Volda University, Norway [Resource
Pages for Biblical Studies].
Other scholars that
have recommended this web site:
of Biblical Studies.
Synoptic Problem Website [Stephen C. Carlson].
Archive It: Resources in Religion and Theology [Princeton Theological
for Studying the Synoptic Gospels [Jenee Woodard, The
Text This Week].
Links Page: The Synoptic Problem [Dr. Wieland Willker, University of
Study Guide for 6th edition of Anatomy of the NT [Prof. C.
Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary; posted by Augsburg Fortress
The Bible: Useful Web Links & Media Resources [Prof. Bart Ehrman, U of
North Carolina; posted by Oxford U Press].
The New Testament: The Gospels Web Links [Prof. Stephan Harris,
California State U; posted by McGraw-Hill].
to the NT: Related Websites [Prof. Delbert Burkett, Louisiana State U;
posted by U of Cambridge Press].
Invitation to the NT: Web Links [Prof. Ben Witherington III, Asbury
Theological Seminary; posted by Oxford U Press].
Resources for the Study of Judaism & Christianity [Dr. Jay C. Treat, Department of
Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania].
Online Resources about Q [Dr. Michael J. Kok, The Jesus Memoirs:
History and Reception of the New Testament].
to the New Testament - DIV 507 [Prof. Edgar V. McKnight, Prof. Emeritus,
Furman University & visiting professor Wake Forest Divinity School].
Resources: The Synoptic Gospels [Prof. Sheila McGinn, John Carroll
Four Gospels & Jesus: Study Aids & Links [Prof. Felix Just, S.J.,
Loyola Marymount University].
Websites for Biblical Study [Dr. Paul Couture, Emeritus Prof. of
Religious Studies, St. Michael's College VT]
& the Gospel Writings [Prof. William Arnal, New York University].
Sites [Prof. Mark Schuler, Concordia University].
Early Christianity [Prof. Carl W. Conrad, Washington University in St.
Gospel of Thomas Home Page [Prof. Stevan Davies, Misericordia College
Bible: Synoptic Gospels [Eugene Hensell OSB, St. Meinrad School of
Western World [Prof. Charles McAllister, Department of History, Catawba
to the Bible: Worldwide Web Research [Prof. Betsy Bauman-Martin,
Department of Religious Studies, University of California at Riverside].
Links for Seminarians & Clergy [Prof. Thomas F. McDonnell, Eastern
Baptist Theological Seminary].
Problem Resources [Prof. Mark V. Hoffman, Lutheran Theological Seminary
Literature: Assignments [Dr. B. Bogard, Department of English, Black
Hills State University SD].
Online Resources on Q [Dr. Michael J. Kok Euangelion Kata Markon].
Studies: The Gospels [Mike Madin, Academic
Studies: New Testament [R. A. Bowie, Religious
Studies on the Web, UK].
Resources: Special Biblical Studies [Church of the Brethren Network].
Gospel Parallels [Gordon Matties, Assoc. Prof. of Biblical Studies &
Theology, Canadian Mennonite University, Manitoba CA].
Testament & Jesus [Andrew T. Dolan, Adjunct Prof. of Religion &
Classics, LaSalle University].
Synoptic Gospels: Mark and His Careful Readers [Steve Mueller, American
Catholic Org.: Scripture from Scratch].
Links of Interest:
Encountering Jesus in the New Testament [Ave Maria Press].
BibTheo: Synopses [Word Press].
Links [Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts].
Synoptic Gospels [James F. McGrath, Assoc. Prof. of Religion, Butler
The Synoptic Problem [Mark D.Given, Assoc. Prof. of Religious Studies,
Missouri State U].
and Theological Websites [Robert Lowry, Prof. of NT, Lincoln Christian
Internet Resources for the Modern & Post-modern Era [Barry W. Hamilton,
Assoc. Prof. of Historical & Contemporary Theology, Northeastern Seminary,
Testament Resources [Timothy Tucker, Emory U;
An Internet Primer for Pastors].
The Synoptic Gospels [Catholic Chaplaincy at Claremont Colleges, CA
Catholic Bible Basics].
Jesus Data Base [Dr. Gregory C. Jenks, FaithFutures: Jesus Then and Now].
Course Resources [David Levenson, Assoc. Prof. of Religion, Florida
Life & Teachings of Jesus [Bruce N. Fisk, Assoc. Prof. of NT, Westmont
IesousYehosua [Leila Kosseim, Assoc. Prof. of Computer Software &
Engineering, Concordia U., Quebec, Canada].
Advanced Biblical Studies: the Synoptic Gospels [Prof. Tony Burke, York
Historical, Archaeological & Other Links [Mark Elliott,
The Bible and
Synoptic Gospels [Wikipedia].