Galilean traditions RE: [Synoptic-L] Hultgren's synoptic source theory (was: Healings and order arguments)
- At 08:14 AM 11/9/2011, Matson, Mark (Academic) wrote:
>Bob, on this analysis I would rather strongly disagree. I do thinkMark,
>there are two traditions, though I doubt that geography is the major
>issue. But IF geography is the issue, I think your analysis is backward.
>It is John that is almost entirely focused on Jerusalem, with very
>few references to Galilee. Note that most of the controversies take
>place at Jerusalem in festivals, and that Jesus is in Jerusalem
>numerous times (3X for Passover, 1x for Tabernacles, 1x for "another
>feast", 1X for Hannukah). Of course John (and Luke, but that
>John-Luke relationship is a different issue) have the post
>resurrection activity in Jerusalem, including real visitations by
>the risen Jesus and the giving of the spirit.
>On the other hand, the synoptics are placed mostly in Galilee. And
>Jesus engages the Pharisees more, and the Pharisees may well have
>been more influential in Galilee than in Jerusalem. While Mark
>ends abruptly, Matthew has the "meeting with Jesus" set in Galilee.
>So... for me the focus is entirely backward for yours.
Thanks for your more thorough and thoughtful comments than mine.
Unfortunately, I don't have the time to follow up right now, but I
think this is something that needs more examination.
More generally, I think we are on the threshold of better
understanding the currents and counter-currents among First Century
followers of Jesus.
Northern Arizona University
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