The origins of the Synoptic Gospels is highly disputed amongst scholars. While it is commonly understood that the Gospels of Luke, Mark and Matthew were written over 40 years after the death of Jesus, the similarities and the relationships of specific details in these Gospels raises the eyebrows of some theologians and biblical scholars. The idea of the “Q Source theory” suggests that because these Gospels are so similar, and were written so long after the death of Jesus Christ, that they must have copied from either each other or a completely different source (known commonly as “The Gospel of Q” or sometimes just “Q”). Some scholars use the idea of “Markan Priority” to further explain this concept, noting that the Gospel of Mark came before Luke and Matthew, explaining the heavy similarities between the two texts. Furthermore there are specific passages in both Luke and Matthew (Luke 11:9-10 and Matthew 7:7-8) where they mirror each other word for word, yet lack any relationship to Mark, therefore they must come from a separate, common source, known as “Q”. It is important to note that the “Q source” theory is not commonly accepted at all, and many claim that the Matthew - Luke similarities come from the fact that one was used as a direct reference when writing the other. Nonetheless, there is some form of “Q Theory” commonly accepted today, yet most scholars would note that it is not nearly as simple as the basic concepts outline.