By Dr Alan Garrow
Long-term readers may remember how, in December 2017, the LAB covered the story of the $1,000 Challenge to Bart Ehrman. Prof Ehrman was challenged to find an error in Alan Garrow’s solution to the Synoptic Problem – in which Matthew used Luke. Since then, further steps have been covered by the LAB (cf. “Everyone (who cares about early Christianity) has a dog in this fight” and “What happened when Mark Goodacre asked ‘Why not Matthew’s use of Luke?'”).
The scene is now set for a further set of exchanges. SBL San Antonio 2021 sees a three-way in-person debate between supporters of the Matthean Posteriority Hypothesis (Alan Garrow and Robert MacEwen), Farrer Hypothesis (Mark Goodacre), and Two Document Hypothesis (Robyn Walsh). Richard Bauckham’s endorsement has helped establish the Matthean Posteriority Hypothesis as one of the three main solutions to the Synoptic Problem.
Here Richard Bauckham answers the question: “What first made you suspect that Matthew used Luke?“[Read more…]