A footnote on Abiathar

The problem of mis-reference to Abiathar in Mrk 2.25 fits nicely with the hypothesis of Markan priority. It postulated that the gospel of Mark was written first among the Synoptics and that Matthew and Luke used Mark as one of their sources for their respective gospels. In this case, both Matthew and Luke recognized the difficulty and subsequently deleted the reference of “in the days of Abiathar the high priest” from the original Markan source (Mat 12.3-4 and Luk 6.3-4, respectively).


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