chapter  6
The Relationship of the Synoptic Gospels
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This chapter deals with the letters of the New Testament which are not attributed to Paul or John. Hebrews is a difficult piece of work which leaves us at first sight feeling lost. Schenke shows that the picture of the cult is odd: it reflects neither the Old Testament nor contemporary Jewish ritual. Hebrews shows dependence on Romans and 1 Corinthians at least;3 possibly also 2 Corinthians, Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, just possibly Ephesians. James seems odd and latish. It was certainly not written by James the brother of Jesus. 1 Peter is certainly not written by the Peter to whom it is attributed. It is written in highly competent Greek. 2 Peter is traditionally regarded as the latest of the New Testament documents. It is often assigned to 150 CE, and some would say 170. Jude is a circular letter addressed to churches threatened by a rapidly spreading Gnostic heresy.