On 6 Jun 2003 at 19:08, Emmanuel Fritsch wrote:
> May you say us, Mark, if Dunn provides good arguments for this
> affirmation ?
No, I'm afraid not. It's just an assertion in a footnote in which
Dunn refers to my Case Against Q and Cyril Rodd's recent Expository
Times article on the reconstruction of Q. There are several other
negative references to Q sceptics in the course of the article, eg.
me, Farmer, Goulder. But Dunn also clearly feels some antagonism
towards Kloppenborg and others who attempt to reconstruct the text of
Q and there are negative references to that enterprise throughout.
So I think he sees himself as standing between two extreme poles.
The main purpose of Dunn's interesting article will be familiar to
anyone involved in the Xtalk sponsored on-line seminar with Dunn a
little while ago. His basic claim is that what he calls the literary
paradigm dominates the thinking of NT scholarship to the extent that
this is a kind of "default setting". What we need to do is to enter
into a completely different mind-set, one in which oral tradition is
primary. We need to make this our "default setting".
His paper is his SNTS presidential address 2002 and it gives a taster
of a forthcoming book on the same subject. I'd be interested to hear
if anyone else has any thoughts on this because it impacts directly
on our understanding of the Synoptics. If I can get a moment and if
there is interest, I'd be happy to share my own thoughts about Dunn's
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