There are few resources more helpful for the eager student than multi-view resource. This is especially the case for complex or contested topics such as the Synoptic Problem. The Synoptic Problem: Four Views edited by Stanley E. Porter and Bryan R. Dyer brings together four well-known and capable minds to establish an up-to-date exploration of an age old debate.
The volume begins with a well-written introduction to the Synoptic Problem. Porter and Dyer usher the reader through much of the “need-to-know” background information to the discussion, introducing key figures and theories, and set the stage for the discussion that follows. If the reader has had little exposure to the Synoptic Problem, the introduction will offer an appropriate starting point.
Craig A. Evans starts the volume with a positive presentation of the Two Source Hypothesis. This was an excellent choice by the editors, as “the Two Source Hypothesis, and its two…
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