Re: [Synoptic-L] Matthew and "Q"
- Dave Gentile wrote:
> I would then add that some longer areas of textual agreement with areDave,
> assigned to Q, for example John's special preaching, were not added to
> Luke by the original author. These were the work of other later
> "authors" importing bits of Matthew into the text of Luke. These larger
> bits of text look distinctly Matthian.
Perhaps the key to understanding your proposal is in this earlier statement
of yours. But it baffles me. Are you referring here to the whole of the
Double Tradition or (as suggested by the word "some") to a subset of it? If
the latter, what is the extent of the subset?
> ....... Luke is accuratelyI see three problems with this conjecture.
> quoting parts of Matthew where saying of Jesus are involved, and mostly to
> completely ignoring Matthew the rest of the time.
Firstly you paint a black-and-white division where I also see all shades of
grey, with e.g. the story of the Centurion's Servant, and Luke's use of key
ideas from Matthew's birth narrative.
Secondly even Matthew's sayings attributed to Jesus are not always quoted
accurately, e.g. the Parable of the Talents/Pounds; the Parable of the Great
Dinner (Mt 22:1-10 // Lk 14:15-24); Mt 21:28-32 // Lk 15:11-32; Mt 18:23-35
// Lk 16:1-13.
Thirdly Mt 3:7b-10 // Lk 3:7b-9 is one of the most accurately copied
passages in Matthew // Luke, yet the words spoken are attributed to John the
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> What you propose is clearly not impossible. But it is certainly not as good
> as the original. What you present here is a brief general call to
> repentance, followed by scenarios of people eager to repent. In our extant
> Luke there is a warning of wrath and fire, so that by verse 10 one can sense
> the crowds feeling guilty and ready to make amends. It parallels an
> evangelistic meeting where there is a lengthy build-up of emotion before a
> challenge to commitment. Luke was a good storyteller!
'Better', is a subjective judgment. Personally I'd prefer a version without the fire and brimstone, but that's just my subjective judgment.
Consistency, and sticking with a theme is a less subjective measure.
>I really don't see this as much of a jump, if any. v3 mentions forgiveness (group not named), and the quote from Isaiah's 'punchline' is about salvation (for all). "Forgiveness -> salvation" seems like theme continuity to me.
> But there remains the jump in the opposite direction, between verses 3 & 4.
> In the extant text vv. 4-6 represent a temporary departure from the theme of
> repentance so that Luke can portray the Jewish scriptures as hinting at the
> salvation of the Gentiles (v.6).
I've not had a chance to look at the rest yet. Probably Tuesday, if not before then.