Do You Prefer New Wine?

by David Flusser

The following remarks are based on three criteria:

  1. The observation of Robert L. Lindsey1Robert Lisle Lindsey. A Hebrew Translation of the Gospel of Mark, Jerusalem 1973. that the synoptic material, as preserved in Luke, was rewritten by Mark and that Matthew depends on Mark;
  2. The importance of contemporaneous Judaism for the interpretation of the Gospels;
  3. The simple truth that old wine is better than new wine.

This truth should be taken into account in the exegesis of Jesus’ words about fasting, contained in Mark 2:18-22; Mt 9:14-17 and Luke 5:33-39.  Continue reading

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1. Robert Lisle Lindsey. A Hebrew Translation of the Gospel of Mark, Jerusalem 1973.