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Title: Was ein Texthistoriker zur Entstehung der Evangelien sagen kann
Author(s): VICTOR, Ulrich
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 79    Issue: 4   Date: 1998   
Pages: 499-514
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.79.4.3200635

Abstract :
In view of the New Testament manuscript evidence, the gospels never had an editorial history. The gospels were composed in the form in which they exist today. There was consequently never an 'Ur-Markus', an eschatological 'Ur-Johannes' etc. There are no indications that the gospels are based on a longer or shorter creative theological and literary 'community' tradition of very numerous units circulating orally or in writing. Such a tradition would have been reflected in so large a number of important textual variants that clear traces would have remained.

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