9180[Synoptic-L] Lost Q Document Found
- Apr 1, 2003Dear list,
I came across the following news item. If true, this
is pretty exciting stuff!
LOST Q DOCUMENT FOUND IN CAVE
JERUSALEM, April 1, 2003 -- According to the Israeli
Antiquities Authority, excavators in one of the caves
around Qumran have today uncovered from an unsearched
area of Cave 7 a scroll containing the long-lost
source of Jesus's sayings scholars.
For over 150 years, scholars have argued that Matthew
and Luke used another source called Q in addition to
Mark in composing their Gospels; however, critics
have charged that no record of this source existed.
"What is important about this discovery," says leading
Q scholar John S. Kloppenborg-Veblen, "is that it not
only proves that this hypothetical document really existed
but also provides a stunning confirmation of the text that
the International Q Project reconstructed just two years
Paleographer Peter Carsten Thiede dates the discovered Q
document to A.D. 42 based on the shape of the letter "nu".
"Another interesting thing about this document is that
it is one of the first to use ellipses and double brackets
extensively," Thiede said in a telephone interview.
The damage scroll was labelled with the Hebrew letter qoph,
likely standing for "Qumran," where the scroll was found.
"Since the Hebrew letter qoph corresponds to the Latin
letter Q," says Kloppenborg-Veblen, "it appears that the
source really was called Q."
Q skeptics are still not persuaded, however. Mark S.
Goulder said that even if this discovery was not an
elaborate April Fool's joke, it still would be simpler
to conclude that Luke used Matthew instead of both going
to Qumran to research their Gospels.
Stephen C. Carlson,
"Poetry speaks of aspirations, and songs chant the words." Shujing 2.35
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