Yarbro Collins Pre-Markan Passion Narrative Reconstruction
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On: Yarbro Collins Pre-Markan Passion Narrative Reconstruction
Sorry for the previous inadequate effort; I have now made it good, or anyway
. . . those interested will find an improved account of Adela Yarbro
Collins' reconstruction of the Pre-Markan Passion Narrative. It covers all
of Mk 14-16, the casual definition of the Markan Passion Narrative, and
includes material on both sides of the segment AYC regards as corresponding
to that prior document, just for convenient comparison. It uses her
translation both above (the PNP) and below (the full text of Mk 14-16),
which was not the case before; some long omitted sections have been
I learned something by doing it, and I think something like this version is
the way to look at her proposal critically. In a sense it is unfair to her,
since by printing her reconstruction as a single block of text (in her
Appendix), she lets it be test-read as such, and without constant reference
to what is missing. On the whole, or so it seems to me, it gives a fairly
good impression as such.
I agree with a number of her interpolation or addition decisions; it seems
to me she that in this department her eye is pretty good. In the end, though
she has certainly contributed to the stratification of Mk 14-16, I don't
think she makes her case for the existence of a PNP as such. But that can
await later discussion.
There will probably be some later discussion at the SBL session this
November devoted to reviewing her commentary, and perhaps some of the
implications will come up at another SBL session, yet to be announced.
Discussion in advance is welcome, at least to me; those who don't want to
trouble the peace of Synoptic may E me direct.
E Bruce Brooks
Warring States Project
University of Massachusetts at Amherst