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Two Shipwrecked Gospels: The Logoi of Jesus and Papias's Exposition of Logia about the Lord
MacDonald, Dennis R.

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012 pp. xvi + 711. $69.95


Description: With characteristic boldness and a creative look at long-neglected evidence, MacDonald offers an alternative reconstruction of Q and an alternative solution to the Synoptic Problem: the Q+/Papias Hypothesis. To do so, he reconstructs and interprets two lost books about Jesus: the earliest Gospel, which was used as a source by the authors of Mark, Matthew, and Luke; and the earliest commentary on the Gospels, by Papias of Hierapolis, who apparently knew Mark, Matthew, and the lost Gospel, which he considered to be an alternative Greek translation of a Semitic Matthew. MacDonald also explores how these two texts, well known into the fourth century, vanished in the shipwrecks of canonization and errant eschatology.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Source Criticism


Review by John Kloppenborg
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Published 2/22/2013
Citation: John Kloppenborg, review of Dennis R. MacDonald, Two Shipwrecked Gospels: The Logoi of Jesus and Papias's Exposition of Logia about the Lord, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


Review by James F. McGrath
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Published 2/22/2013
Citation: James F. McGrath, review of Dennis R. MacDonald, Two Shipwrecked Gospels: The Logoi of Jesus and Papias's Exposition of Logia about the Lord, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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