|Alan Garrow Didache|
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Rob MacEwen's Matthean Posteriority: was published on the 29th January 2015 - the same day (and in the same series) as John Poirier and Jeffery Peterson's edited volume Marcan Priority without Q. The MPH received no attention in the latter volume other than in the Introduction. Here it is noted in passing that the term 'Marcan Priorty without Q' might also apply to the theory espoused by Ron Huggins, Martin Hengel, and others.
Fast-forward six years to 11th May 2023 and the publication of Olegs Andrejevs, Simon J. Joseph, Edmondo Lupieri and Joseph Verheyden (eds). The Synoptic Problem 2022: Proceedings of the Loyola University Conference (Leuven, Peeters, 2003). Here the editors' Introduction includes the MPH at a very different level:
In hindsight, it now seems clear that the emergence of the MPH will be cited as one of, if not the defining feature of the 2010s as far as the synoptic studies are concerned. … With the highest number of pro- and MPH-leaning contributions published by various authors in one place to date (Garrow, Huggins, Lupieri, MacEwen, Saulina, Tripp), this volume will likely be remembered as the moment the MPH crossed into the mainstream of synoptic studies. Thereby its theorists have made good on the momentum the MPH somewhat unexpectedly generated in the 2010s.
Several factors have contributed to this transformation, critically important of course has been the publication of Rob MacEwen's book. Also high on that list, however, must come the contribution of Olegs Andrejevs (pictured). While also a staunch supporter of the Two Document Hypothesis, Olegs has created space for MPH-inclusive debate at SBL as well as in the Loyola Conference volume. Thank you Olegs for your part in increasing the MPH.
Alan Garrow is Vicar of St Peter's Harrogate and a member of SCIBS at the University of Sheffield.