Re: [Synoptic-L] Meier v4
Thanks for the extra information; so much for my habit of reading books from
the end forward. Meier himself describes the latter portion of his
groundplan in this way (his p1):
"At the end of Volume Three of A Marginal Jew, I listed . . . the four final
enigmas that remained to be pondered in our quest for the historical Jesus.
These four questions, which seem to pose intractable problems for any
quester, are the riddle of Jesus and the Law, the riddle-speech of Jesus'
parables, the riddle-speech of Jesus' self-designations (or "titles"), and
the ultimate riddle of Jesus' death. Having examined in the second half of
Volume Three the legal positions that distinguished the Pharisees,
Sadducees, and Essenes from one another and from Jesus, I think it logical
to take up as the first enigma the question of Jesus and the Law. This will
be the focus of Volume Four, while the other three enigmas will be treated
in Volume Five."
Separately from the question of Meier and his series, I continue to suggest
that the enigmas largely de-enigmatize themselves if we take the evidence in
the chronological order of its composition. Reckoning also with the fact,
widely acknowledged in certain quarters as respects certain passages, but
not so far consistently acted upon, that Mark, the earliest Gospel, is
itself a stratified text, among whose layers also, early material is perhaps
more fruitfully distinguished from later material.
But that is another note, perhaps for another day. For the moment, I stand
corrected, and gratefully so.
E Bruce Brooks
Warring States Project
University of Massachusetts at Amherst