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In the absence of definitive answers, I'll note one plausible theory (published here). First of all, there was no assumption that the gospels should be arranged in order of composition. Paul's letters, for example, clearly are not, but follow descending length (with Hebrews and letters to individuals grouped separately at the end). When early Christians ...


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Since the other answer does not really address the question of the reception of the Gospel of John as canonical, I'll add a bit. The paradigm to which you refer is styled "orthodox Johannophobia" in an excellent book on the topic: Charles E. Hill, The Johannine Corpus in the Early Church (2004). Hill sets out to dismantle the pervasive scholarly ...


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I believe that since the focus of Mark, as the first Gospel written, was to support persecuted Christians in Rome, the details found in the other Gospels could wait. These persecuted Christians needed support quickly, and Mark took on this role. If I was being tortured or my friends and family were being killed, I would be less concerned about the details of ...


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