4436Re: [Synoptic-L] Poirier & length of Luke (and Acts)
- Aug 3, 2012David Mealand wrote:
> ..... If Luke 1 & 2 are additions, and if David I's attempts to recover theDavid,
> Luke known to Marcion provide evidence for this, then what is the status, on
> this view, of the Lukan preface?
While I can't claim to be able to fit Marcion's text into the history of the
editions of Luke, the clear implication of my page hypothesis is that the
original text of Luke did contain the preface. The original with its truly
majestic opening (1:1-4; 3:1-2) was a codex of 60 pages, and this was
expanded into a codex of 68 pages corresponding to the extant Luke. This was
achieved by the addition of the birth narratives (1:5 - 2:52, 7 pages) and
the Parable of the Pounds (19:12-27, 1 page).
For what it's worth, I consider the evidence for this text history (seen in
the light of a successful application of the page hypothesis to all the
other major NT books) to be overwhelming.
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