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5057Re: [Synoptic-L] How to Summarize Current State of Opinion

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  • Stephen Carlson
    Jul 24, 2014
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      On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM, Joseph Weaks jweaks@... [Synoptic] <Synoptic@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
      Here is a sentence I have in a draft, intended as a quick summary for primarily OT scholars and students. Suggestions for improvement/correction?

      "When it comes to source criticism in the gospels of the New Testament, a near consensus of scholars affirm the priority of Mark, as well as Matthew’s and Luke’s dependency on Mark as a source. A smaller majority of gospel source specialists also affirm the independence of Matthew and Luke from each other, whereby each relied upon Mark as a primary source, in addition to an unknown source (“Q”) from which they both draw the traditions they share in common but that are not found in Mark."
      I've finally come to the point and I think the field has too (e.g., Francis Watson) where it is appropriate to mention the Farrer theory as a viable solution being held by an increasing and important number of scholars.  Perhaps an additional sentence along the lines of "An increasing number of scholars, however, holds that Luke actually knew Matthew's gospel and used it for most of this material."
      Stephen C. Carlson, Ph.D. (Duke)
      Post-Doctoral Fellow, Theology, Uppsala
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