Re: [XTalk] Re:GThomas Response to Brian Trafford--I
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From: "Frank McCoy" <silvanus55109@...>
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Subject: Re: [XTalk] Re:GThomas Response to Brian Trafford--I
> Dear Brian Trafford:
> I thought that Wisdom was understood to be a first
> century BCE text and was unaware of a controversy
> regarding its date of composition. If there is
> evidence that it dates to the late first century CE or
> to the second century CE, then the probability that
> GThomas is first century CE is decreased. Do you have
> any references on this dating controversy I could
> check out?
I do not believe that the dating of the Wisdom of Solomon is all that important.
What is relevant is whether or not the document termed the Wisdom of Solomon was
affected by second century Christian Gnosticism. If that cannot be
demonstrated, then the Wisdom of Solomon may provide an appropriate analogy for
the Gospel of Thomas as part of the genre of Jewish wisdom (which is not to say
that they are in the same genre but that they can be compared).
- An interesting message from Ken Olson
> Luke says that "many" (POLLOI) "orderly accounts" or "narratives arranged inSome years ago me, Mark Goodacre, Mahlon Smith and a few other participants had a
> order" (ANATAXASQAI DIHGHSIN) have already been written. While the word
> "undertaken" (EPECEIRHSAN) may suggest that he considers these accounts less
> than satisfactory for some reason, the fact that he says that he "too"
> (KAMOI) has written one would seem to indicate that their works were of the
> same genre as his own.
very prolonged discussion where Mark and me argued along exactly these lines. I still believe'
that Lukes own words in his prologue together with the indications in his text makes it almost certain
that he knew both GMark and GMatthew.