nlike most biblical commentaries, “The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction” is not a commentary on any one text, but rather a commentary on the development of the traditions that came to be included in the Synoptic Gospels.
This project operates on the premise that the traditions now preserved in the Synoptic Gospels originated from a written Hebrew biography of Jesus. This Hebrew biography was arranged in an order different from that which appears in any of the canonical Gospels. A prominent feature of the Hebrew Life of Yeshua was a number of “teaching complexes” that consisted of (A) an incident, (B) the teaching Jesus gave in response to the incident, and (C) twin parables that reinforced the point of Jesus’ teaching. We believe that these teaching complexes can be reconstructed by piecing together fragments that are still preserved in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. (For a detailed discussion, see “Introduction to ‘The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction.'”)
Because this project is focused on reconstruction, “The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction” is not organized according to the canonical order of Gospel stories, rather, the nearly 200 pericopae deemed to have descended from the earliest pre-synoptic source are arranged according to the conjectured order of the Hebrew Life of Yeshua. The Map offers an overview of the order of Gospel stories as we believe they may have appeared in the conjectured Hebrew Life of Yeshua. This document is a work in progress, subject to change as we continue the production of the reconstruction and accompanying commentary.
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A Scripture Key to “The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction” is also available for easy reference.