As it is almost universally acknowledged among bible scholars that the Gospel of Mark was the first of the four gospels to be written, why did the author feel no need to include several of the major foundational tenets of the Christian faith? Namely the virgin birth narrative, the genealogy, and the post resurrection appearances?
And yet, by the time the anonymous writer of gMatthew put pen to papyrus the powers that be felt these omissions to be of such importance that, besides copying over 600 verses from gMark, (661 verses approx.) some verbatim, he felt obliged to invent whole tracts to flesh out what was ostensibly already a fleshed-out collection of sayings, possibly using an unknown source, Q.
Do you think perhaps it is all simply made up?
Hmm… I wonder.