2524Re: [Synoptic-L] A new problem with the Farrer Theory?
- Mar 3, 2010Leonard Maluf wrote:
> "Matthew's habit of abbreviating healing stories" can just as easilyLeonard,
> be interpreted as Mark's habit of expanding healing stories.
Thanks for pointing this out.
I need to be a little more careful in interpreting the comments in Davies &
Allison, so let me rephrase what I think is their argument relating to
They have studied the whole of Matthew in great detail. They have observed
many significant directional pointers (and the clues as to which they think
are significant can be found in the wording of the comments). In other
places where the clues are not so significant, they are often content to
show that the differences are *compatible* with the directionality indicated
by the significant pointers. This appears to be the case here in regard to
the posited abbreviation of a healing story and the posited increased focus
of attention on Jesus. The direction Mark --> Matthew is plausible in Mt
8:14-15, and therefore the evidence from these particular verses is
consistent with the *probable* conclusion they reach from evidence
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