Thursday, April 20, 2006


The Gospel authors depended on different collections of the sayings of Jesus which were called Q, M, L, and K

Whatever the date of the Gospel of John, we know that it was written by St. John the Apostle, an eyewtiness to the crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We know that each Gospel was written by the respective person in the title. We also know that of the "Synoptics," Matthew and Mark were written before A.D. 50, Matthew was written before Mark (Markan priority is false), and that Luke was written before A.D. 62. That Markan priority is incorrect is a fatal blow to the theory that a Q (Quelle = Source) document existed. Since Matthew was written by the eyewitness St. Matthew, positing a document called M is entirely unnecessary. Some people propose a hypothetical L document, which Luke allegedly used as a source. This theory will be evaluated in a future post.