And he stretched out hishand and touched him,saying: I wish it; be cleansed. And, calling out to him, there comes to him a leper and kneeling andsaying to him: If you wish, I can be cleansed.
And, moved with compassion,he stretched out hishand and touched him and says to him: I wish it; be cleansed.
And behold,a leper came and worshipshim, saying: Lord, if you wish, I can be cleansed.Though each gospel includes some unique material, the majority of Mark and roughly half of Matthew and Luke coincide in content, in much the same sequence, often nearly verbatim.This common material is termed the triple tradition.Dispelling the aura of unanimity created by many modern commentaries, he summarizes the arguments of noted scholars (and his own) against the existence of Q and in favour of the chronological priority of Matthew over Mark.On the spectrum of dates offered for the Synoptic Gospels, some pushing them way into the second century, he comes down firmly in favour of early dates, accepting the general tenor of patristic authority (Papias, Eusebius, et al.), along with internal evidence, that the three Gospels were essentially completed not only before the fall of Jerusalem (AD 70), but before the death of Paul (c AD 62) which the Book of Acts so significantly fails to cover.