Why I Am a Member of the Jerusalem School

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The appeal of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research lies in the potential of its research methodologies to make the words and claims of Jesus clearer.

The appeal of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research lies in the potential of its research methodologies to make the words and claims of Jesus clearer.

Methodology of Synoptic Relationships

I am a member of the Jerusalem School because of its approach to the synoptic problem. What first caught my attention was that Dr. Robert Lindsey, the original inspiration of the Jerusalem School, had no specific interest in theories about the synoptic gospels; he arrived at his theory totally as a by-product of another concern. He had no personal interest either to defend or to challenge the reigning theory of Markan priority. He was simply a Baptist pastor with a pastor’s heart toward his congregation. He had been taught Markan priority in seminary and he accepted Markan priority. But his mind was changed because of his work in New Testament translation.

What decades later became known as the “Jerusalem School” began with the translation work of Lindsey in the 1950s. As pastor of a congregation in Jerusalem, he hoped to provide a more helpful translation of the New Testament than the 100-year-old Delitzsch translation used at that time by most of the Hebrew-speaking Christians in the State of Israel.

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