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Arguments about the Synoptic Problem are of little help in trying to understand the teachings of the gospels. Discuss

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Religious Studies Arguments about the Synoptic Problem are of little help in trying to understand the teachings of the gospels. Discuss (17 marks) The synoptic problem can be of little help because fundamentalists want the bible to be true. This forces them to see the differences between the gospels indicating some of the stories may not even be true or only worded differently to suit the gospel writer's audience. This does not mean that the material of the bible is damaged; only that it is shown in a different light. Each of the gospel writers saw Jesus differently. For instance in Matthew's gospel he calls Jesus teacher, in Mark's it is Lord and in Luke's it is master. ...read more.

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Over time the stories may have changed, become more or less significant to the time when they were written which could account for some of Luke's great omissions such as Jesus walking on the water Mk 6 V 45 or even death of John the Baptist Mk 6 V 14, stories which people would have believed were very significant to not be left out. Some people may not like the synoptic problem because it although it states many differences it also shows a lot of similarities which spoil some people's view of the bible and that it is better that the gospel writer's don't agree. By trying to match the stories with each other the real differences may be lost. ...read more.

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It also accounts for any data that is missed out of one or two gospels because it explains it by using another source. One thing the synoptic problem does not account for is the ability to believe in something which is lost. Scholars are trying to reconstruct the lost sources of Ur-Markus and Q particularly which in time could account for the differences between the gospels even further. It could even be possible that there is another source that we are unaware of, or that parts of the gospels are made up or created to satisfy the audience they were writing for, all of which are just theories we are unsure about, a lot like the question of the synoptic problem. Candice Burton 1 ...read more.

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