The Synoptic Problem and Student Papers

Studying the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) is great preparation for being an educator. I’m convinced this is true even if your field has no direct connection to Biblical studies.

Student papers can at times closely resemble each other or other possible source material. Learning to recognize lengthier agreements in order, and distinguish numerous agreements of wording from that which can occur through memory or chance, is very helpful.

I can’t help wondering if any student in a course on these Gospels has ever tried to use them as an argument when caught plagiarizing – “If Luke can do it, why can’t I?”

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