7094Re: [Synoptic-L] the nature of the data
- Dec 2, 2001At 06:07 PM 12/2/2001 +0000, Brian E. Wilson wrote:
>I would suggest that a computer could be programmed to categorize everyIf you (or anyone else) could produce such a computer program,
>word of the synoptic gospels into 222, 221, 220, and so on, without
>assuming the Two Document Hypothesis (as do the editors of the HHB
>Concordance), or any other supposed documentary relationship between the
I'd be very impressed. However, one cannot even identify a parallel
without supposing some documentary relationship between the synoptic
gospels. For example, the decision to identify Mark's healing of
the paralytic as a parallel to Matthew's healing of the paralytic --
but not to Matthew's genealogy -- supposes that there is a documentary
relationship with the former but not the latter. Of course, most
decisions about parallelization will not be controversial, but
they will be for not only for the so-called Mark-Q overlap texts and
for doublets in one gospel where there is only one instance in the
others (which of the two in the doublet is "the" parallel?). Even
in noncontroversial parallels, there is discretion in deciding which
of two KAIs in Mark correspond to the one KAI in Matthew. Frankly,
I doubt it can be done objectively, because the theories and hypotheses
we hold influence our perception of the data. This extends to the
programmer of the computer as well.
>>The main question, however, is whether and to what extent the editors'The editors admit their bias on the Mark-Q overlaps, but does that
>>judgment is biased to a particular solution to the synoptic problem.
>I agree. That is one question I have been asking. The other question I
>have been raising is to what extent the editors' have applied their
bias extend to other portions? You've pointed out some inconsistencies,
but unless one can show they somehow favor the 2ST, it may be better
to attribute the inconsistencies to noise rather than bias.
>What is really needed is computer-produced data that is not dependent onI'm not holding my breath. Perhaps a better approach is to ask
>any synoptic documentary hypothesis and that applies criteria
the proponents of the various solutions to produce their own
"partisan" synopses and concordances that sets forth the data
in such a manner that renders their solution in the most favorable
light. Then we can compare them to see how well they handle the
data. Maybe Dungan was right after all that there is no neutral
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