This is consistent with the general pattern of Matthew collecting sayings into large blocks, while Luke does the opposite and intersperses them with narrative.
Besides the double-tradition proper, Matthew and Luke often agree against Mark within the triple tradition to varying extents, sometimes including several additional verses, sometimes differing by a single word.
The classification of text as belonging to the triple tradition (or for that matter, double tradition) is not always definitive, depending rather on the degree of similarity demanded.
On the spectrum of dates offered for the Synoptic Gospels, some pushing them way into the second century, he comes down firmly in favour of early dates, accepting the general tenor of patristic authority (Papias, Eusebius, et al.), along with internal evidence, that the three Gospels were essentially completed not only before the fall of Jerusalem (AD 70), but before the death of Paul (c AD 62) which the Book of Acts so significantly fails to cover.Download or read online books in PDF, EPUB and Mobi Format.Click Download or Read Online button to get book now.The term synoptic (Latin: the sense of the word in English, the one specifically applied to these three gospels, of "giving an account of the events from the same point of view or under the same general aspect" is a modern one.The question of the precise nature of their literary relationship—the synoptic problem—has been a topic of lively debate for centuries and has been described as "the most fascinating literary enigma of all time".