a1 Dept of Theology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, England
Matthew and Luke sometimes write versions of Marcan pericopae in which they make initial changes, only to lapse into the thought or wording of the original. Clear examples are Matt 14.1–12 Mark 6.14–29 (Death of John); Matt 8.1–4 Mark 1.40–5 (Leper); Matt 12.46–50 Mark 3.31–5 (Mother and Brothers); Luke 8.4–15 Mark 4.1–20 (Sower); Luke 5.17–26 Mark 2.1–12 (Paralytic) and Luke 9.10–17 Mark 6.30–44 (Five Thousand), all of which make good sense on the theory of Marcan Priority. ‘Fatigue’ may also suggest a solution to the problem of double tradition material: Luke 9.1–6 (cf. Matt 10.5–15, Mission Charge) and Luke 19.11–27 Matt 25.14–30 (Talents) both make good sense on the theory of Luke’s use of Matthew.