How Matthew Elbowed Mark Aside and Became the #1 Gospel

How Matthew Elbowed Mark Aside and Became the #1 Gospel

Robert M. Fowler, Ph.D.

Biblical scholar and Trinity member Bob Fowler leads an examination of the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. This multi-class study will focus on Matthew’s re-write of the baptism of Jesus, the walking on the water, Peter’s confession at Caesarea Philippi, and the ending of the gospel.

How Matthew Elbowed Mark Aside and Became the #1 Gospel

Most scholars believe that Mark is the oldest of our four canonical gospels, and that Matthew and Luke independently wrote their gospels primarily by revising Mark’s. Matthew especially embellished Mark so powerfully that we tend to remember Matthew’s version of episodes rather than Mark’s. Thanks to his provocative embellishments, Matthew elbowed Mark aside and successfully laid claim to being the #1 gospel in the New Testament.
Class materials:

How Matthew Elbowed Mark Aside 063022 PDF

Session 2 — The Baptism of Jesus in Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John

Baptism stories compared.
Class materials:

Baptism Stories Compared Handout.pdf

Session 3 — Mark and Matthew Walking on the Water Comparison

 In session 3, Fowler examines accounts of Jesus’s walking on water in Mark’s and Mathew’s Gospels.
Class materials:

Walking on the Water Comparison Handout (PDF)

Session 4 — Mark and Matthew Caesarea Philippi Comparison

Class materials:

Caesarea Philippi Comparison Handout (PDF)

Session 5 — Burial of Jesus, Discovery of Empty Tomb, and Resurrection Appearance Stories in Mark and Matthew, Compared

In this session, Bob contrasts the stories of the burial of Jesus, the discovery of the empty tomb, and the resurrection appearance stories as they appear in Mark and Matthew’s Gospels.

St. Matthew – Lindisfarne Gospels (710-721), f.25v – BL Cotton MS Nero D IV — British Library, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Giotto – Scrovegni – -23- – Baptism of Christ — Giotto, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Jesus walking on water. Daniel of Uranc, 1433 — Matenadaran, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter by Pietro — Pietro Perugino, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Gospel of Mark Chapter 15-22 (Bible Illustrations by Sweet Media).jpg —Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons