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6624Re: [Synoptic-L] the failure of color coding

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  • Tim Reynolds
    Aug 1, 2001


      "David B. Peabody" wrote:
      > Quoting Tim Reynolds <molad@...>:
      > >
      > >
      > > "Brian E. Wilson" wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I think the interesting question arising from trying to color code
      > > > agreements between the synoptic gospels is why no attempt completely
      > > > succeeds.
      > > > >
      > > > I would suggest that accounting for the failure of color coding is
      > > > crucial to solving the synoptic problem.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > It fails because there is no possible coding for the crucial feature of
      > > the textual interrelation (ho exkhon ota akoueto v hos ekhei ota akouein
      > > akoueto v ho exkhon ota akouein akoueto). Any coding system now in use
      > > categorizes "pretty similar" as "identical" for coding purposes.
      > Tim,
      > Your concluding sentence seems to ignore some published material. Specifically,
      > William R. Farmer's *Synopticon* (Cambridge University Press, 1969) utilized a
      > color coding system that does distinguish between identical and similar wording.
      > Specifically, verbatim agreements are overlined in color, as one might do in a
      > book with a (often yellow or pink) highlighter. That is, the words appear in a
      > block of color. Similar words (same lexeme, different grammatical construction)
      > are not overlined, but underlined, as one might do with a pencil. If each of the
      > three synoptic gospels has a different form of the same lexeme, that word in each
      > gospel would be underlined in two colors, one underlining for each of the two
      > parallels.
      > If two are in verbatim agreement and the third uses the same lexeme, but a
      > different grammatical form of it, then the two in verbatim agreement are
      > overlined (in yellow, for instance, if the two in verbatim agreement happen to be
      > Mt and Mk; in green, if the two in verbatim agreement are Mk and Lk; or in red,
      > if the two in verbatim agreement are Mt and Lk. Then, there is also a different
      > colored underlining on these same word(s). If the overlining is yellow in two
      > gospels (Mt/Mk), then a single line in green would also appear under the same
      > word in Mk (partial agreement with Lk) and a single line in red would also appear
      > under the same word in Mt (partial agreement with Lk). In Lk, then, there would
      > be double underlining under the word in partial agreement. One line would be
      > green, for partial agreement with Mk and the other, red, for partial agreement
      > with Mt.
      > These are some of the most complex patterns for a set of only three gospel
      > contexts in parallel, but I hope you get the idea of how this system works for
      > less complex cases.
      > Tom Longstaff and I have developed and utilized a similar color-coding pattern
      > for our forthcoming Markan synopsis, but modifications of Farmer's system were
      > necessary, given certain limits imposed upon electronic publishing (such as the
      > impossibility of doing double underlining in two colors). First, we do always
      > color the letters of identical and/or similar words, but we use full underlining
      > for verbatim agreements and dashed/dotted underlining for partial agreements.
      > Underlining between words indicates agreement in word order, as did Farmer's
      > system of overlining or underlining between words.
      > If you have not done so, you can get an idea of what we will be publishing on CD-
      > ROM in November by browsing a now quite dated sampling of our work at
      > http://www.colby.edu/rel/2gh/synopsis/synopsis3.html
      > and other pericope synopses displayed in that area.
      > Since we are publishing a new and improved version of this synopsis with Trinity
      > Press International this fall, we are not allowed to display the newer version on
      > the WEB. However, this new Markan Synopsis on CD-ROM is advertised in the fall
      > 2001 Trinity catalog to sell for $ 30.00. We, therefore, do not expect that this
      > price will prohibit anyone from purchasing and utilizing this new software.
      > Best,
      > David Barrett Peabody

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