5516Re: [John_Lit] 4G Redactors
- Dec 1, 2006Dear Kym:
your quotation of Acts is appropriate.
We have a letter, written by somebody, possibly under dication, to reflect
the agreement of the Council, that is quoted as a document in the book of
the Acts, that is not written by a council.
I don't deny that people can work cooperatively. They can do this in various
ways. But in the antiquity this was done orally. Written texts are written
by individuals, that can take full advantage of the work of the group.
Today we have wikis, that allow cooperative writing. In the antiquity
writing was a very slow process, that lead to a single manuscript. The
manuscript then had to be copied, and this is slow, too. Modifications could
be done, but other people woulnd't know about them until the modified text
was copied and distributed. There was no multiple access to the same text.
Printed texts were a revolution. Digital text are a revolution. We should be
careful not to bring our habits back to the time when a book was written and
copied by hand.
At least, this is my view. I am open to change my mind, if evidence from
ancient texts requires that.
On 12/1/06, Kym Smith <khs@...> wrote:
> Dear Marco,
> Just one lttle snippet from your letter.
> <<<As for the idea of a group of authors that writes the Gospel, I am
> skeptic. I don't think that a group of people can write a text. We
> have no news that this happened at the beginning of C.E. >>>
> It may not be a gospel but the very process you deny must have
> happened with the letter from the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:22-29).
> There is no reason why a group could not have shared thoughts and
> worked coopreatively on a gospel like happens every day with all
> manner of books, reports, etc.
> Kym Smith
> South Australia
> khs@... <khs%40picknowl.com.au>
Prof. Marco V. Fabbri
Dipartimento di Sacra Scrittura
Pontificia Università della Santa Croce
Piazza S. Apollinare 49
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