Synoptic Length Comparison

I chuckled when I read this in a student assignment today:

A common argument,  analyzes the lengths of each of the synoptic writers.

I’m pretty sure that I’ve never come across an attempt to compare the lengths of the writers of the Synoptic Gospels. I don’t know how one would go about undertaking such a study, or how it would help resolve the Synoptic problem…  :-)

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  • Scott F

    As Freud would say, sometimes a gospel is just a gospel!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      I was trying to avoid the whole “You show me your Gospel, I’ll show you mine” direction this could take…

  • Jeff Carter

    William Wallace:”Or we’ll make spears. Hundreds of them. Long spears. Twice as long as a man.”
    Hamish:”That long? Some men are longer than others.”

    -braveheart-

  • http://mythicpizza.blogspot.co.uk/ Paul Regnier

    I’m pretty sure that I’ve never come across an attempt to compare the lengths of the writers
    of the Synoptic Gospels. I don’t know how one would go about
    undertaking such a study, or how it would help resolve the Synoptic
    problem… :-)

    Easy. Mark was the shortest, so both Luke and Matthew could peek over his shoulder as he was writing to copy his gospel. And Luke was taller than Matthew, so he could peek over Matthew’s shoulder and copy his gospel too! :-)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      Love it!