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RE: [XTalk] Parallelomania

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  • Bob Webb
    Hi, We had a discussion of parallels in the introduction to the following volume, to which I contributed. How helpful it would be, I m not sure. But I ll draw
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      We had a discussion of parallels in the introduction to the following
      volume, to which I contributed. How helpful it would be, I'm not sure. But
      I'll draw it to your attention.

      Evans, Craig A.; Robert L. Webb, and Richard A. Wiebe. _Nag Hammadi Texts
      and the Bible: A Synopsis and Index_. New Testament Tools and Studies 18.
      Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1993.

      Bob Webb.

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      From: crosstalk2@yahoogroups.com [mailto:crosstalk2@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of David Mealand
      Sent: June 14, 2010 10:23 AM
      To: crosstalk2@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [XTalk] Parallelomania

      Rick Hubbard raises some good issues
      with regard to parallels.

      The discussion is obviously more geared
      to parallels within a set of biblical texts.
      So to begin there, it would be worth looking at those studies of Synoptic
      parallels which have paid attention to identity of form and sequence in the
      parallel texts.

      On this see
      Poirier John C. 2008 'Statistical Studies of the Verbal Agreements and
      their Impact on the Synoptic Problem', CBR 7 68-123 On pp.85-87 he notes
      Morgenthaler's focus on parallels which are, or are not, identical in form
      and sequence (Form und Folge identisch abbrev as FFI). There may be more
      discussion in Poirier's article, but this is the place to start.

      The list of different types of possible parallel goes wider and the list
      Rick Hubbard cites includes parallels with texts from the Hebrew Bible.
      Presumably the broader question has to include also other Jewish and
      Graeco-Roman texts, (and more).
      I can't vouch for the details but I
      would be surprised if Gerald Downing's
      work of 1985 did not have some discussion of this.
      The book may not be easy to track down
      but would be worth the effort despite the disarming word "introductory". It
      Downing, F. Gerald (Francis Gerald), 1935- Strangely familiar : an
      introductory reader to the first century ; to the life and loves, the hopes
      and fears, the doubts and certainties of pagans, Jews and Christians / 208p
      ; Manchester : F. Gerald Downing, 1985.
      [Karlsruhe gave a dozen or so hits for UK libraries, but not for German
      libraries or LOC.]

      Items spun from the new Wetstein project should also touch on this wider

      David M.

      David Mealand, University of Edinburgh


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