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“The synoptic problem: a working definition
The four gospel accounts of Matthew-Mark-Luke-John are synoptic testimonies which comprise what is commonly called the gospel of Christ. Synoptic means eye-to-eye. The synoptic problem is the disagreement found between the four gospel accounts, with the crux of the problem being their conflicting chronologies, their disordinate arrangement of dramatic events, and a general confusion surrounding the over-all gospel narrative. The prologue to Luke’s gospel account cements the problem…”
Without a lawful definition of the problem, there can never be a lawful solution. Bible scholars have here-to-fore advanced various ‘solutions’ that hypothecated a “lost gospel” that if found would solve the synoptic problem. So while they wait for someone to find the celebrated lost gospel of the bible, they hypothetically set forth various hypothetical lost gospels that could hypothetically solve the synoptic problem. And they publish books. My God how they publish books. And make their books required reading. And then go to the bank.
The solution to the synoptic problem is posited in the words of Luke’s prologue; the same words of the prologue having the multi-faceted function of introducing three distinct and separate written works of literature: The first introduction being to Luke’s written gospel account; the second introduction being to the written declaration that had been delivered unto Luke; and the third introduction being to the written Q-source from which the words of that declaration had been taken.
The synoptic problem (whether a problem of conflicting chronologies and disharmony of dramatic events; or whether a problem of literary disagreements and complications) is resolved by first producing a written reconstruction of the declaration delivered unto Luke; and then producing a written restoration of the former treatise, the Q-source from which the words of that declaration had been taken.
“Sowing the seeds of the solution”
This document is an introduction to the “The Synprob Letter”. If you like this brief summary of the synoptic problem and solution you can dive right into the “Synprob Letter” you will not be disappointed.
After the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. the saints knew that the early rain of their apostolic generation was coming to an end. In preparation for the ‘entering in’ of the times of the Gentiles, the Lord’s apostleship called upon all eye-witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ and ministers of his gospel to set forth in writing their accounts of those events that they witnessed; what they heard and saw “…
Document Excerpt: A snippet of a Christian forum debate over the discovery of the solution to the synoptic problem set forth by the author’s document: The Gospel of Christ according to WILLIAM. (See the Declaration of the Apostles)
What is the Q source? The answer is, The four canonical gospel accounts of M-M-L-J. Believers now have not only a perfect declaration of the four gospel accounts, but The Gospel Of Christ as well. These two documents are a gift from the first century apostolic fellowship who knew that we would need to be unified and strengthened as we entered into ‘the beginning of the end’ of the times of the Gentiles.
So the ‘lost’ gospel has been hidden in the bible all this time. True believers have always known
that the four gospel accounts agreed; we could feel it in our spirit; we just didn’t know how to
‘rightly divide’ the stumbling stones of the synoptic problem.
The generation of the seed of the fathers began in the first man, Adam, who had received into his flesh the seed of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil: the seed of the serpent who had beguiled Eve; and Adam’s nature changed; for then he was the son of God: and he begat a son in his own likeness, after his own image; and called his name Cain. (Gen 4:1-2, KJV) Adam was the son of God because he died.
And he said unto them, know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
The solution to the synoptic problem was to first reconstruct the declaration of the four gospel accounts and then restore the former treatise by conflating the words of the declaration of M-M-L-J into one body of literature.
It is manifest upon examination of the first and second proof texts of William’s Hypothesis, that
Matthew-Mark-Luke-John not only crafted the former treatise into four separate gospel accounts, they also crafted the four gospel accounts so that the declaration could be reconstructed and the former treatise could be restored.
The entire wisdom of the work…to take apart the gospel with the intent that at some future point
in time it could and would be restored…would be “put back together again”…was by design.
Prior to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. the saints knew that the early rains of their apostolic generation was coming to an end; and in preparation for the ‘entering’ of the times of the gentiles, the Lord’s apostleship called upon all eye-witnesses of the Lord Jesus to set forth in writing their accounts of those events that they witnessed; what they heard and saw “…of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was taken up.” The result of these eye-witness written accounts was the formation of the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.