Mar 19, 2009
R.T. France on Gospel Harmonization
Rob Bradshaw at BiblicalStudies.org.uk has placed R. T. France's "Chronological Aspects of 'Gospel Harmony'" online. While this article is not exactly new (1986), it was new to me. Concerning the article, Bradshaw states, "France looks at the chronology of the gospel accounts of the cursed fig tree, the cleansing of the temple and the last supper, the latter in some depth. A well-written and thought-provoking article." I found France's discussion on the cleansing of the temple most helpful. Here, the options are helpfully categorized and the strengths and weaknesses are discussed clearly. By the way, France's solution (following A. Plummer) to the chronological problem is that Jesus and the disciples ate the Passover a day earlier than usual because the Lord knew that he would be crucified on the official day (p. 54).