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Re: [Synoptic-L] Q, Aramaic, and strata of the woes

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  • David Mealand
    Casey s book on Q does indeed offer a number of very valuable insights into the possible development of the tradition prior to its translation into Greek. It
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 26, 2009
      Casey's book on Q does indeed offer a
      number of very valuable insights into
      the possible development of the tradition
      prior to its translation into Greek.
      It does this not least in illuminating more clearly
      the nature of the issues in some of
      the controversies recorded in the
      Synoptic tradition.

      It makes a good case
      that there is a prophetic protest
      against the extension of purity requirements
      where these conflict with other weightier
      demands. It is not so clear that this
      _all_ took place at the first rather than
      the second stage of the tradition.

      Were there no Aramaic
      speaking disciples who ever clarified or
      amplified this criticism in disputes with
      those who held to the extended purity rules?
      Was it only the evangelists who altered
      the traditions, and not those who transmitted
      the tradition between the first and the third stages?
      Were there not some disciples who took a fiercer
      line than their master when confronted by opposition?
      (e.g. Lk 9.54)

      C seems to assign almost all of the recovered
      Aramaic stratum to the Sitz im Leben of Jesus,
      but it is not clear that controversies which
      fit the period of around +29 to +33 did not also
      continue (in Aramaic) through the next
      twenty or thirty years. After all the
      issues of preservation of identity and of
      hostility to Gentile domination were very
      powerful factors, and were accentuated after
      the death of Herod Agrippa.

      David M.

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      David Mealand, University of Edinburgh


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