Re: [Synoptic-L] what the devil is the Devil "up to" in the wilderness temptation narrative?
- To: Synoptic
In Response To: Jeffrey Gibson
On: Motives of the Devil in Mt/Lk
The tendency of scholarship to feed on itself is not necessarily its most
appealing side, but to an occasional survey of previous opinion there can be
no reasonable objection, and I certainly wish Jeffrey well with this one.
I noted with interest the five highly ingenious explanations he has so far
assembled. None of them seems to me to be correct. As so often, it may be
wise to consider these things in context, which for Mt/Lk (as I see it)
means Markan context. Why not include that in the survey, as long as one is
going to be looking things up anyway?
As for making a list of who agrees with whom ("So I'd be grateful as well
if List members
would give me the names of those you know to be advocates of one or the
other (or of several) of the listed (and unlisted) stances"). I am a little
more dubious. If the orthodoxy police get hold of that list on Tuesday
night, how many of us will be showing up for our jobs Wednesday morning?
E Bruce Brooks
Warring States Project
University of Massachusetts at Amherst