5227[Synoptic-L] The Critical Edition of Q
- Nov 23, 2000Stephen Carlson wrote --
>The language being used here seems to suggest that the IQP have in fact
>Its apparatus is designed to document the method and
>judgments of the IQP team in their reconstruction of Q. For
>example, the CEQ includes sigla for delimiting the discrete
>"variation units" the IQP used for analyzing the Q text.
been reconstructing Q and that there is an existing text of Q. Is this
not rather begging the question of whether Q ever existed?
If Q never existed, the IQP have not reconstructed Q, and the text of Q
has in no way been analysed, however many judgements have been
documented and however discrete variation units have been delimited.
Chuck Schartz asked, "How you can have a 'critical edition' of a
hypothetical document that doesn't exist?" Part of the answer is surely
that a critical edition of Q is possible only on the assumption that at
some time in the past Q did exist.
The corollary is that if it is assumed that Q never existed, which is a
reasonable enough assumption, then we cannot have a critical edition of
Q at all, and "The Critical Edition of Q" is not what it says it is.
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