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[Excavating-Q] Existence of Q

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  • Stephen C. Carlson
    Dear Prof. Kloppenborg Verbin, Thank you very much for agreeing to participate in this seminar discussion your most recent book. There is much to commend in
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      Dear Prof. Kloppenborg Verbin,

      Thank you very much for agreeing to participate in this
      seminar discussion your most recent book. There is much to
      commend in it. For example, I really enjoyed your chapter 6
      as the best history of the synoptic problem I've ever read.

      I would like to ask a question about your arguments for Q's
      existence. You had previously proposed the following
      argument for Q in your "Introduction," THE SHAPE OF Q:
      Signal Essays on the Sayings Gospel (Minneapolis: Fortress
      Press, 1994) 2:

      "Evidence of design and deliberate structure serves not
      only to expose the distinctive theology of Q; it turns
      out to be relevant to a yet more basic issue, that of
      the very existence of Q. . . . For it is exceedingly
      unlike that a subset of materials mechanically
      abstracted from two Gospels would display an inherent
      genre and structure unless in fact that subset
      substantially represented a discrete and independent
      document."

      To me, this promises to be a powerful argument for Q, but
      rather than seeing this point elaborated in EXCAVATING Q as
      an affirmative argument for Q in your first chapter, it was
      barely mentioned (e.g. p. 164 at the end of the third chapter).
      Why was this argument deemphasized in your recent book?

      Stephen Carlson
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