This upcoming title suggests Matthew published a collection of documents long before Matthew compiled it all and redrafted a new, expanded composition. (H/T, CJ) Personally, I think that sounds like a positively brilliant bit of new & worthwhile Synoptic theory... if I do say so myself.
But seriously... even if I could say I'd thought of something like that before, (which I both had and hadn't, precisely), I'm glad somebody knew how to take it as far as it's now being taken. Most of all, I'm thrilled to see more developmental (4-D) thinking going into these kinds of studies.
I strongly suspect B. Ward Powers is onto something. Matthew probably was first... before he was last.
[Update: It'll be available October 1st.]
Sounds like it will be an interesting read. Thanks for the heads-up. While the complexity of demonstrating the relations between the Synoptics is beyond fullest explanation (IMO), I am glad to see such a proposal being fleshed out.
This is very close to your theory, if I remember correctly when we talked about the four Gospels. You should request a review copy from B& H, they will be glad to send it to you.
The gist sounds the same, but I'm quite sure he's gone far more in depth than I ever could have.
I checked out B&H on NetGalley but TPPoM isn't up yet.
Thanks as always.
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