LXX and gospels

From: Eric Weiss (eweiss@gte.net)
Date: Mon Mar 23 1998 - 18:24:44 EST

Randel Helms, in his GOSPEL FICTIONS (Prometheus 1988), proposes that
the gospels, rather than being historical documents, are actually
reworkings of LXX accounts of Elijah, etc. Assuming Marcan priority, he
writes that the other gospel writers took Mark's basic gospel and
reworked the incidents for their theological purposes, again using LXX
events, psalms, etc. Verbal correspondences between the specific gospel
incidents he cites and the LXX event(s) he proposes that the author used
for his "story" form much of the basis of his argument.

Have other authors done this, i.e., listed or catalogued or shown
striking verbal/linguistic/events parallels between the Greek gospels
and the LXX that might lend credence to what Helms proposes - or,
contrariwise, use the same "evidence" to argue for another explanation
for the correspondences?

I don't want this to become an issue of inerrancy/inspiration of the
scriptures, etc. I'm just looking for any other authors/sources that
have addressed these correspondences between Greek gospel accounts and
the LXX events. If you want to discuss the bearing this has on
inerrancy/inspiration/gospel composition/gospel authors' purpose, etc.,
feel free to write me off-list.

"Eric S. Weiss"

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