Leonard, you are right about Matt. 9:36; my apologies. I checked again in
Throckmorton's Gospel Parallels last night, and he has omitted the "sheep
without a shepherd" passage from Matthew incorrectly, although there is no
textual evidence for such a move. But you are right; thanks for pointing
Regarding our present discussion, this may highlight Matthew's realism
too, whether preceding or following Mark, further bolstering the
connectedness between the impressions of the Roman presence and issues
surrounding John's EGGUS TO PASCHA motif. Then again, the adversity of
the Roman presence would have been felt during the entire first century
and beyond, so the realism of the texts stands, whether or not it rooted
in reflections on actual events in the ministry of Jesus. Arguing against
such, of course, is impossible to demonstrate.
>Where could I order a copy of your book? Sounds very interesting!
_The Christology of the Fourth Gospel; Its Unity and Disunity in the Light
of John 6_ is available from J. C. B. Mohr and Trinity Press
International, and both printings are listed on Amazon.com.
Paul N. Anderson
Professor of Biblical and Quaker Studies
George Fox University
Newberg, OR 97132