To: Synoptic On: Interpolations From: Bruce Is interpolation a valid category of analysis? I suspect one should at least distinguish the authorialMessage 1 of 73 , Sep 3, 2011View SourceTo: Synoptic
Is "interpolation" a valid category of analysis? I suspect one should at
least distinguish the authorial self-improvement (the marginal word, or the
intercalated page, added to my SBL paper the night before I give it, or
Mark's marginal asides for when he happens to be guest preaching outside
Palestine) from the hostile posthumous intrusion (like much of the stuff
that now bespecks and theologically confuses the genuine epistles of Paul,
and the most important of them, Rom, Gal, 1 Cor, in proportion to their
perceived importance). And these in turn from the scribal mischances that we
all know and love. Each of these probably has its own rhythm, or anyway its
own aetiology, just as the oscilloscope trace of a clarinet note is the
algebraic sum of several different sinewaves, each one coming out of a
different corner of the acoustic landscape.
There is no glottochronology.
E Bruce Brooks
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Out of curiosity I tried this search on Google Books interpolation OR interpolated OR interpolate subject: Gospels or New Testament Date 1900-2011 I gotMessage 73 of 73 , Sep 12, 2011View SourceOut of curiosity I tried this search on Google Books
interpolation OR interpolated OR interpolate
subject:"Gospels" or "New Testament
I got about 10 hits - far fewer than I expected. On looking at
these (where that was possible) I noted a considerable variety
of usage. One or other of the terms is used (in the books located)
in relation to Mat.27.16; Mk.1.2; Lk 9-18; Jn 1.6-8 & 15; 3.22-30;
Jn 19.35, 21.24; Rom 15-16;1 Cor.1.2-16;Josephus Apion Bk.2,or the
Gospel of Nicodemus
Some are "editorial" interpolations, some are interpolations with
textual evidence, but I think one or two may be neither of these.
As it would seem that writers of the available books don't use the term
much I then turned to the ATLA database of journal articles
with a similar search for
"interpolation OR interpolated OR interpolate" (in full text) AND
subject:"Gospels" Date 1950-2011
This got 44 hits from a shorter span of time, most of them from items
available in pdf, but not showing where the hits are, or what they include.
(To check these one would need to do a lot of downloads and pdf searches.)
Tentative conclusion: it would seem that articles use the term more
than books do, but the snippet results from Google Books provide a
handy list of varied examples from the NT of three different types of
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