Pierson Parker

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Pierson Parker was professor of New Testament at the General Theological Seminary during the 1960s.

Pierson is best known for his work on the origins and priority of the Gospels.[1][2][3]

After the revealing of the Secret Mark of Morton Smith, Pierson published a critical response in The New York Times calling the document "an early Christian hoax". [4]

Pierson was also involved in the Today's English Version 1976 [5]



  • 1955 The Gospel before Mark University of Chicago Press
  • 1957 Inherit the promise: six keys to New Testament thought
  • 1958 Christ our hope: six clues to New Testament thought


  • 1940 A Proto-Lukan Basis for the Gospel According to the Hebrews, Journal of Biblical Literature 59, (1940), pp. 471-478
  • 1941 The Meaning of 'Son of Man,' , Journal of Biblical Literature 60 (1941), pp. 151-57.
  • 1956 Two Editions of John Journal of Biblical Literature, 75 (1956), pp. 303-314.
  • 1964 In Praise of 1611 Anglican Theological Review 3 (July 1964), pp. 251-60
  • 1975 The kinship of John and Acts in Jacob Neusner, Morton Smith (eds.), Christianity, Judaism and other Greco-Roman cults
  • 1983 The posteriority of Mark in William Reuben Farmer (ed.), New synoptic studies: the Cambridge Gospel Conference and beyond

Contributions to reference works

  • "Crucifixion" in Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible


  1. ^ Dwight Moody Smith John among the Gospels 2001 p96 "Or is it not entirely likely that there were several pre- canonical versions of this evidently popular story? 17 PIERSON PARKER Typical of the trend away from dependence theories was Parker's own article, published at the same time as ..."
  2. ^ David J. Neville Mark's gospel-- prior or posterior?: a reappraisal of the evidence 2002 Page 24 "For example, according to Pierson Parker, The evidence from order is compatible with ... The book alluded to is Pierson Parker, The Gospel before Mark (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953)."
  3. ^ Leon Morris The Gospel according to John 1995 Page 51 "There is a well-known dictum of Pierson Parker, "It looks as though, if the author of the fourth Gospel used documentary sources, he wrote them all himself" (JBL, 75 [1956], p. 304)."
  4. ^ Pierson mentioned in New York Times obituary of Morton Smith
  5. ^ Good news in Matthew: Matthew in Today's English version 1976