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The Birthing of the New Testament
The Intertextual Development of the New Testament Writings
Thomas L. Brodie

Many are saying that the prevailing paradigm of NT origins is going nowhere. In its place, Brodie's stunning book invites us to suspend all 'knowledge' we already have about the history of the NT's development, and to be willing to entertain the following thesis.

Everything hinges on Proto-Luke, a history of Jesus using the Elijah–Elisha narrative as its model, which survives in 10 chapters of Luke and 15 of Acts. Mark then uses Proto-Luke, transposing its Acts material back into the life of Jesus. Matthew deuteronomizes Mark, John improves on the discourses of Matthew. Luke-Acts spells out the story at length. Add the Pauline corpus, the descendant of Deuteronomy via the Matthean logia, and the NT is virtually complete.

This is a totalizing theory, an explanation of everything, and its critics will be numerous. But even they will be hugely intrigued, and have to admit that Brodie's myriads of challenging observations about literary affinities demand an answer.

Thomas L. Brodie is author of 'The Birthing of the New Testament' and 'The Crucial Bridge'. His other writings include commentaries on Genesis and John.

Series: New Testament Monographs, 1
1-905048-03-3, 978-1-905048-03-8 hardback / 1-905048-66-1, 978-1-905048-66-3 paperback
Publication November 2004

A work of stunning research…a book that any serious researcher of the literary origins of the New Testament will need to take into account. Seamus O’Connell, The Furrow.

Brodie’s hypothetical reconstruction of a Proto-Luke and the development of his argument in this regard certainly deserve attention and discussion. Gert J. Steyn, University of Pretoria.

An original work that will make a lasting impact on the study of Christian origins. David Noel Freedman, University of San Diego.

[O]ne cannot but admire the diligence with which Brodie combs the biblical writings, his intimate knowledge of them, and his familiarity with Jewish and Greco-Roman sources pertinent to New Testament study … Even if one remains unconvinced by the overall thesis of the volume, one can certainly learn much from it. In particular, chapters 1-9, setting out the case for the contribution of the Old Testament to the New, are particularly valuable.
Margaret Daly-Denton, Review of Biblical Literature