Re: Harmonization of Gospels

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Fri Jun 26 1998 - 16:10:10 EDT

At 2:45 PM -0400 6/26/98, Theodore H. Mann wrote:
>Greetings B-Greekers.
>Can anyone direct me to an harmonization of the gospels that integrates
>all four documents into one single narrative (as opposed to four columns
>laid side-by-side)? I think this should be handled off-list. Many

Just one on-list response, at least. You really ought to look at Thomas
Jefferson's Life of Jesus. It is LITERALLY a scissors-and-paste job of
putting the four gospels into a single continuous narrative: and he does it
with the Greek NT, not with any English version. My parents had a facsimile
edition of it at one time, and I think that there ought to be facsimile
editions of it available now.

Of course, it should be realized that Jefferson was an 18th-century
Enlightenment guy, and his Christianity is more nearly Unitarian than
anything orthodox. Nevertheless, this is one of the more interesting
experiments in harmonization, an idea which I personally think does more
harm than good because it neutralizes the distinct and valuable
perspectives that each evangelist brings to bear on the Jesus narrative.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics, Washington University
Summer: 1647 Grindstaff Road/Burnsville, NC 28714/(828) 675-4243

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