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.

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.

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This article originally appeared in issue 48 of the Jerusalem Perspective magazine. Click on the image above to view a PDF of the original magazine article.

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    Halvor Ronning

    Halvor Ronning (B.A., St. Olaf Lutheran College; B.D., Lutheran Theological Seminary; M.A., Yale University) is a founding member and past director of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research. An officially licensed Israeli tour guide, he has lived in Israel for over fifty years. Although born…
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