7Re: Synoptic-L Test
- Feb 10, 1998Carl William Conrad wrote:
>I'll accept your qualification, Carl, as long as it is not designed to
> On Tue, 10 Feb 1998, Edgar Krentz wrote:
> > >This is a test message to determine whether and how Synoptic-L is up and
> > >running.
> > >
> > >Based on a discussion in a related mailing list (Crosstalk), it appears
> > >that any list devoted to the synoptic problem should have a ready definition
> > >of the synoptic problem. Any takers?
> > >
> > >Here is a first attempt:
> > >
> > >The synoptic problem is an inquiry into the existence and nature of the
> > >literary relationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
> > >
> > >Stephen Carlson
> > Good succinct definition. I would add "and the investigation of
> > reonstructed non-surviving sources."
> But presumably we are talking about WRITTEN sources here, however
> hypothetical, and not just about oral tradition, I presume.
> Carl W. Conrad
exclude consideration of the interrelationship of oral tradition &
written documents in the formation of the synoptic gospels. I don't see
how a purely literary definition of the synoptic problem can be defended
at this stage in the history of gospel research. Let me see if I can
integrate what we have so far into a succinct definition:
"The synoptic problem is (1) an inquiry into the existence and nature of
the literary relationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and
Luke,(2)investigation of reconstructed non-surviving written sources,
and (3)exploration of the influence of oral tradition upon the
development of manuscripts of these gospels."
Mahlon H. Smith
Department of Religion
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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