At 12:45 AM 4/30/2009, Ken Olson wrote:
>Such an approach was proposed in C.H. Dodd, The Framework of the Gospel
>Narrative, Expository Times 43 (Oct. 1931 Sept. 1932):396-400,
>available online at:
Thank you for providing this link. It seems that Dodd's interest here is in
"summary outlines of the life of Jesus" noticed by Martin Dibelius:
>The evidence, he observes, does not suggest that any one outline was
>universal, but it does suggest that some kind of outline formed a regular
>part of the kerygma everywhere.
Dodd does not actually refer specifically to Acts 3, but he does refer to
the speech of Peter in Acts 10:37-41, which is actually embedded in a
longer speech of Peter (vv. 34-43), which he refers to as one of "The
fullest examples of such primitive kerygma."
>37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the
>baptism that John announced:
> 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with
> power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by
> the devil, for God was with him.
> 39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem.
> They put him to death by hanging him on a tree;
> 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,
> 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses,
> and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
Dodd concludes with this characterization:
>I submit, therefore, that we are led to conceive the materials which Mark
>took over from tradition
>as being of three kinds[:]
>(i) Isolated independent pericopæ, handed down without any connexion;
>(ii) Larger complexes, which again may be of various kinds: genuinely
>pericopæ strung upon an itinerary; pericopæ connected by unity of theme.
>(iii) An outline of the whole ministry, designed,
>perhaps, as an introduction to the Passion-story, but serving also as a
>background of reference for
>separate stories; fragments of this survive in the framework of the Gospel.
Acts 3:13-15 is much more succinct, and it is indeed a summary of the
>13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of
>our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and
>rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him.
> 14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a
> murderer given to you,
> 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To
> this we are witnesses.
>It was criticized in D. E. Nineham, "The Order of Events in St. Mark's
>Gospel--an examination of Dr. Dodd's Hypothesis" in Studies in the
>Gospels, ed. Nineham (1955).
I do not have access to Nineham's critique, and would be grateful if you or
someone else would summarize it.
University of Hawaii
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