First and Third Gospel Reconstruction v1.21 Uploaded

Continuing to make great progress. Now up to 383 pages and over 116,000 words. A few notable changes in this version and/or the last couple versions:

  • new subsection: “Comprehensive Analysis of the Synoptic Receptions of the Markan Source” (this should convince many scholars about my two-source hypothesis for the Gospel of Marcion, as should the next one)
  • new subsection: “Lukan Redactional Features Disproportionately Missing from GMarc”
  • developed new abbreviations for signals tagging (one dot, two dots, three dots rather than 1, 2, 3) and Gospels (Lk1, Mt1, Mt2, etc.)
  • tagging and parallel set reconstructions up through GMarc chapter 8 now complete
  • starting to split out Late Mark (140s) and Late Matthew (140s) redactions into separate columns, a significant data visualization improvement
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Summary Highlights of the Newly Discovered First Gospel (Qn, 66-69)

Thought it would be a nice courtesy to readers to distill down some of the highlights from Qn, the very First Gospel out of the Jesus movement, a text that I discovered and announced a few weeks ago and am busy proving and reconstructing each day. A partial preliminary edition and translation has now been released for public viewing. While I have called this text Qn or the Gospel of the Poor, we might also consider calling it the Gospel of the Enslaved Messiah, the Slave Gospel, the Abolitionist Gospel, or the Gospel of Liberation.

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New Names for Qn to Consider in the Future: J, P, or JAesop

Calling the first, original Jewish Gospel Qn was necessary to build our arguments and contextualize our hypotheses within traditional Gospel and Q scholarship.

While Qn is a serviceable abbreviation in many ways to point to its many continuities with previous Q reconstructions, the designation also has deficiencies and limitations.

New wine-skins will eventually be needed to hold this new wine. I suggest some additional options for the community to consider adopting eventually, both for our shared Gospel and for ourselves.

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Theorem of Three-Way Signaling: The Key to Charting the Historical Strata of the Gospels

[Revised July 10]

A big part of the challenge we face, especially in the study of Gospel texts, is that:

1) the main content does not offer clear, external historical references as to time of composition and/or editing (very unscientific of them, not to date and time stamp and version control their work!); and

2) manuscripts tend to fabricate and improvise anachronistic historical references, such as putting the names of legendary leaders, “Mark,” “Matthew,” “Luke,” “John,” “Peter,” etc., at the beginning (incipits) of texts within manuscripts.

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