Needless to say, a book that challenges the modern biblical scholarship assumption of 'Q' is bound to be controversial and to create as much drama as one could expect from the field. But that is exactly what James Edwards does--without apology--when he argues in The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition, that 'Q' never existed and that the earliest Gospel is the Gospel of the Hebrews known only through brief Patristic quotations. Through these quotations, Edwards Argues, there is much to suggest the Gospel of the Hebrews, oriented primarily to Jewish readers came to be the primary source for The Gospel of Matthew. Consequently, Matthew must have preceded BOTH Mark and Luke.
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Date:January 8, 2010
Jim Edwards just may have found the long lost Hebrew Gospel written by Matthew in the unique portions of the Gospel of Luke (Special Luke). With the unusually high number of Semitisms in Special Luke, Jim makes a compelling case that the Hebrew Gospel was probably one of the major sources used by Luke in writing his Gospel. In doing so, Jim Edwards may have destroyed the concept of Q and has definitely proven a better explanation of the synoptic gospels.