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The Progressive Publication of Matthew


By B Ward Powers


The Progressive Publication of Matthew’s Gospel presents an explanation of the relationship between Matthew, Mark and Luke that shows how the Gospels have originated from documents first written by the apostle Matthew. 

  • For a detailed summary of some of the relationships see this conference paper:
    presented paper,
    diagrammatic summary.
  • The full scale explanation was published by Broadman and Holman in 2010.
  • For a preview of this explanation, read now the first chapter of this book:
    Chapter 1 (PDF).


"The Progressive Publication of Matthew is a tour de force both in its scope and depth. No serious student of the synoptic Gospels can afford to ignore it."

Dr David Alan Black
Professor of New Testament and Greek, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Author of Why Four Gospels?

"For a very long time, Markan priority was taught in Bible colleges and seminaries as the standard and universally accepted position.  The possiblity of another view was simply not considered or at best dismissed as weak and unconvincing.  In this book, Ward Powers has presented some very strong arguments that Matthew and not Mark was the first Gospel book to be written.  The voice of Matthean priority is loud and clear in his The Progressive Publication of Matthew. This book should be required reading for all Bible teachers and students on Synoptic scholarship."

Dr Samuel Waje Kunhiyop
Professor and Head of the Postgraduate School, South African Theological Seminary

Fresh research, advancing further the work of numerous scholars over a great many decades, points convincingly to a new basis for explaining the Synoptic Problem: the Gospel of Matthew was published in stages.

Scholars have long debated the Synoptic Problem--questions about why and how the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke share so much common material, and yet differ in so many ways.

Assessing all the primary evidence, and the widely differing scholarly views about the Synoptic Problem, B. Ward Powers draws attention to the evidence pointing to Matthew's Gospel having been published progressively, with identifiable sections of his material then being seen and utilized by Luke. After both of these Gospels had been published in their current form, they together with the preaching of the Apostle Peter were the three sources used by Mark in producing a special-purpose Gospel for preachers and evangelists.

The Progressive Publication of Matthew
 fleshes out this proposal, measuring it in detail against other hypotheses. This book also sets out a clarification of the reason and purpose of Mark's Gospel, and a comprehensive explanation of pericope order in all three Synoptics.





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