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Re: Brooks RE: [Synoptic-L] Early interpolations

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  • Jeff Peterson
    Not that I think this is of any great moment, but the exegete in my earlier email referred in general to the modern exegete who proposes that a NT passage
    Message 1 of 73 , Sep 4, 2011
      Not that I think this is of any great moment, but "the exegete" in my
      earlier email referred in general to the modern exegete who proposes that a
      NT passage originated as an interpolation. I was thinking of commentators
      like those that Ron Price mentioned surveying; I have most fully considered
      such proposals by Johannes Weiss (on 1 Cor 1:2b), Birger Pearson (on 1 Thess
      2:14�16), J. C. O'Neill (on every other sentence in the letter to the
      Romans, it seems), and my friend William Walker.

      I wasn't thinking directly of any contributor to the list, nor was I
      attempting to be snide; there are plenty of NT passages where I've (so far!)
      failed to see what's going on, and I don't see it as any great insult to
      suggest that such is the case. On the other hand, exegesis (like politics)
      ain't beanbag, and I'm not bothered if someone wants to throw an elbow in my

      Jeff Peterson
      Austin Graduate School of Theology

      On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 10:02 AM, Bob Schacht <r_schacht@...> wrote:

      > **
      > At 02:01 AM 9/4/2011, will wrote:
      > >". . . For there have, I think, been many persons and there are
      > >still some who
      > >have devoted their powers of speaking to the destruction of their
      > fellow-men."
      > >
      > >Institutio Oratoria, Book II xx. 2
      > >http://www.archive.org/details/institutioorator00quin
      > >
      > >
      > >William Penrhiw
      > >Cardiff, UK
      > Thanks, Will.
      > Now, as someone else has pointed out, it is possible that Jeff
      > Peterson's opening comment was a snide allusion to Bruce Brooks.
      > If so, then Bruce's snide reply was justified. Sometimes, such subtle
      > barbs elude me. I simply understood "the exegete" in question to
      > refer to the ancient copyist, rather than any one of our current
      > company. If that was the case, then the Quintillian quote seems
      > inapt, because the target of the barb is an unknown scribe. Usually,
      > ad hominem remarks are directed at a particular person well-known to
      > the audience.
      > So, if I missed the subtle exchange of barbs, then I withdraw my comment.
      > However, I interpreted Jeff's remarks as an exercise in Textual Criticism
      > (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textual_criticism), and while I am no
      > expert in that field, his remarks seemed quite appropriate in that
      > context if "the exegete" referred only to the ancient scribe(s) in
      > question.
      > Bob Schacht
      > Northern Arizona University
      > >----- Original Message -----
      > >From: "Bob Schacht" <r_schacht@...>
      > >To: <Synoptic@yahoogroups.com>; <Synoptic@yahoogroups.com>
      > >Sent: Sunday, September 04, 2011 4:41 AM
      > >Subject: Brooks RE: [Synoptic-L] Early interpolations
      > >
      > >
      > > > At 08:26 PM 9/3/2011, E Bruce Brooks wrote:
      > > >>To: Synoptic
      > > >>In Response To: Jeff Peterson
      > > >>On: 1 Cor 4:6b as Interpolation
      > > >>From: Bruce
      > > >>
      > > >>JEFF: My impression of proposed interpolations to NT texts (so
      > > far!) is that
      > > >>they typically indicate a failure on the part of the exegete to
      > perceive
      > > >>what's going on in the text.
      > > >>
      > > >>BRUCE: I think it has been recognized since at least the time of
      > Quintilian
      > > >>that statements about people don't greatly advance discussions about
      > > >>things.....
      > > >
      > > > I think this is rude and inappropriate response to Jeff's point.
      > > > One of the important aspects of understanding philological issues
      > > > like this is to understand the human context in which the copies that
      > > > we have were made. In that sense, the role of "people" in producing
      > > > the text is quite relevant. Jeff is addressing that point.
      > > >
      > > > Furthermore, I suspect that Quintillian was making a rather different
      > > > point than you are. Would you care to share the quote?
      > > >
      > > > Bob Schacht
      > > > Northern Arizona University
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      > > >
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >------------------------------------
      > >
      > >Synoptic-L homepage: http://NTGateway.com/synoptic-lYahoo! Groups Links
      > >
      > >
      > >
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    • David Mealand
      Out of curiosity I tried this search on Google Books interpolation OR interpolated OR interpolate subject: Gospels or New Testament Date 1900-2011 I got
      Message 73 of 73 , Sep 12, 2011
        Out of curiosity I tried this search on Google Books

        interpolation OR interpolated OR interpolate
        subject:"Gospels" or "New Testament
        Date 1900-2011

        I got about 10 hits - far fewer than I expected. On looking at
        these (where that was possible) I noted a considerable variety
        of usage. One or other of the terms is used (in the books located)
        in relation to Mat.27.16; Mk.1.2; Lk 9-18; Jn 1.6-8 & 15; 3.22-30;
        Jn 19.35, 21.24; Rom 15-16;1 Cor.1.2-16;Josephus Apion Bk.2,or the
        Gospel of Nicodemus
        Some are "editorial" interpolations, some are interpolations with
        textual evidence, but I think one or two may be neither of these.

        As it would seem that writers of the available books don't use the term
        much I then turned to the ATLA database of journal articles
        with a similar search for
        "interpolation OR interpolated OR interpolate" (in full text) AND
        subject:"Gospels" Date 1950-2011

        This got 44 hits from a shorter span of time, most of them from items
        available in pdf, but not showing where the hits are, or what they include.
        (To check these one would need to do a lot of downloads and pdf searches.)

        Tentative conclusion: it would seem that articles use the term more
        than books do, but the snippet results from Google Books provide a
        handy list of varied examples from the NT of three different types of
        suspected "interpolation".

        David M.

        David Mealand, University of Edinburgh


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