In an attempt to figure out what the 411 is on which gospel is earlier, Matthew or Mark, I checked out some links on the internet. This is not info from Father Echert, but just something I dug up while looking into the debate. I did inquire about having Father available for 5-10 minutes for questions, but I was soundly beat up about the ears for it. Not that people thought it was a bad idea, but Father Echert is a busy, busy man and is scheduled very tight. I knew this would be the response. I was told that Father is available during the monthly fellowships to answer questions. HA HA HA. I can't even listen to the homily at Mass with my kids somewhat contained in the pews, but to have them in a social hall would make things absolutely impossible to pay any attention to anything Father would say.
Maybe I'll send him a letter.
Unfortunately, this is a scholarly debate and a lengthy one at that. I think Father could probably spend an entire month talking on the subject and still not cover everything about this topic.
So, folks, here's where I am starting. Biased beginning, yes. I am looking at the argument from the premise that Matthew is the earliest, Mark drew from Matthew's gospel, and working my way from there.
Here is the link I'm looking at and there is enough here to keep me busy for a long time: Mark dependent on Matthew
(I have topically looked at the Q theory, but am going to begin with the opposite evangelist and work forewards (or backwards) from there.)
I need some serious mid-week input from you...
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