5520Re: [John_Lit] 4G Redactors
- Dec 4, 2006
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From: "Stephen C. Carlson" <scarlson@...>
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [John_Lit] 4G Redactors
> At 09:51 PM 12/1/2006 +0000, Kym Smith wrote:
>>An even more appropriate text is Luke 1:1. There the 'many have
>>undertaken to compile a (single) narrative'. The common view of this
>>is that many attempts to write gospels had preceded Luke's but the
>>grammar - and Luke is known for his excellent Greek - only indicates a
>>single narrative. It is my view that the 'many' did cooperate to
>>produce a single narrative - I would not be the first to suggest this.
> Yes, for example, William R. Farmer, THE SYNOPTIC PROBLEM (2d ed.;
> Dilsboro, N.C.: Western North Carolina Press, 1976), 222. However,
> this may be an instance of a "distributive singular," which occurs
> in Luke-Acts with some frequency (see BDF § 140), so I would not
> press this grammatical point too hard.
> Stephen Carlson
I am certain you are correct, Stephen. In about three weeks many will
undertake to decorate a tree.
San Antonio, Texas
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