Did Thomas know the synoptic Gospels? A response to Denzey Lewis, Kloppenborg and Patterson

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Nicola Denzey Lewis, Stephen Patterson and John Kloppenborg have written appreciative but critical reviews of the books by Simon Gathercole and Mark Goodacre. This response focuses on several key elements in their critiques: Thomas's role in second-and fourth-century Christianity; the difference between 'direct links' and 'diagnostic shards'; the analogy of 'the plagiarist's charter'; the categories 'secondary orality' and 'scribal culture'; the role played by oral tradition; the argument from Thomas's genre; the example of the Rich Fool; modelling Christian origins; and questioning the notion of a 'new Synoptic Problem'. © 2014 The Author(s).

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goodacre, M

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 282 - 293

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1745-5294

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0142-064X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0142064X14523523

Citation Source

  • Scopus