RE: [Synoptic-L] New Studies in the Synoptic Problem (--more)
Thanks for your comments on this book. Sounds like a very interesting read.
Northern Arizona University
At 12:50 PM 8/16/2011, Matson, Mark (Academic) wrote:
>In addition to what I wrote below, I thought of one other aspect[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>that is important in this volume -- there is an enhanced emphasis on
>the issue of compositional practice that runs through many of the
>articles. I saw it in Tuckett's intro article, in Bauckham's
>article, and of course is the main issue in Derrenbacker, Downing
>and Kirk's articles. The question of pragmatically how composers
>used multiple sources, how they memorized, how much verbatim
>similarities there are in use of various documents... these are
>critical questions that are being pushed with much more urgency now,
>and the result is a reexamination of many of the theories based on
>HOW people actually wrote.
>So in many ways Downing and Derrenbacker have had a big influence here.
>Mark A. Matson
> > Bruce, et al:
> > I have NOT yet read it all (it's 958 pages of dense reading). I would not
> > say that there have been any "bolts out of the blue" yet, but I found at
> > least three articles so far very interesting:
> > 1. John Kloppenborg's article on the relationship between synopsis
> > construction and various hypothesis very interesting. He argues that
> > there is not really a specific bias in any of the synopses, but does
> > illustrate a bunch of examples (that I had been unaware of) in which
> > synopsis construction, especially in ordering and comparing "parallel"
> > verses is simply problematic. What it does is, at least on the margin,
> > simply make the whole issue more complicated. Guess that's not a
> > "definitive" argument, and yet very helpful for thus of us trying to see
> > the argument from all sides fairly. The key to this article is some
> > charts, and I had to read it all a couple of times, but very helpful.
> > 2. Andrew Gregory's article on "what is literary dependence" does add to,
> > or problematize, the categories of "literary" and "oral" or "memory."
> > Very thoughtful discussion that does not land in an "aha" moment, and yet
> > well worth a number of hours studying.
> > 3. And Bauckham's article on John and synoptics relationship was
> > worthwhile, even as he critiqued my own efforts. Still, a helpful essay
> > that puts a number of issues into perspective.
> > I'm still slugging away, but frankly this does offer some very thoughtful
> > engagement and perspective.
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