5244[Synoptic-L] The Critical Edition of Q
- Nov 24, 2000To: Brian E. Wilson,
<< You seem not to realize that on the basis of text criticism alone, Q is
a nonsense, since there are no manuscripts of a document answering to the
description of Q as defined by the Two Document Hypothesis. A
**text-critical** critical edition of Q would consist of blank pages with
no text and no critical apparatus, for there is no manuscript evidence for
a document Q, and no manuscript variations within that evidence. >>
Your statement appears very silly and out of place in a form devoted to
academic scholarship. You've created a straw man with your "text-critical
critical edition of Q" and then you laugh and poke fun at how silly it
looks with blank pages.
<< Mark Goodacre suggests that "the reconstruction of Q by the IQP, in
spite of its immense skill, care, energy and sophistication, essentially
remains a piece of source-criticism; it is not text-criticism." I agree
that it is not text-criticism. It seems to me to be an application of a
documentary hypothesis (the 2DH) to the gospels of Matthew and Luke to
determine how, on the assumption that the 2DH is true, they treated their
supposed source material. I would suggest therefore that the findings of
the IQP are in fact **redaction-criticism** of Matthew and Luke on the
basis of the 2DH. >>
Of course, I'm unaware that it claims to be anything but that. It is
obviously redaction criticism and not text-criticism as such. They don't
claim to have found lost manuscripts of Q, rather they claim to have
reconstructed Q based on redaction criticism and the Two Source hypothesis.
The CEQ doesn't present itself as a "text-critical critical edition of Q,"
but rather as a critical edition of their reconstruction of Q. As such it
does not contain only blank pages, but rather a thoughtful working out of
Personally, I have my reservations as to its usefulness, even for those who
accept the Two Source hypothesis. But your overtly partisan caricature of
the CEQ is disrespectful and grossly unfair.
-Steven Craig Miller
Alton, Illinois (USA)
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