9832Re: [Synoptic-L] documentary independence
- Sep 24, 2004Leonard,
Maybe I could just give a philosophical answer. What do I believe the study
Nothing at all. I believe absolute proof of anything is impossible.
What the study demonstrates is that when vocabulary frequencies are
examined, that form of evidence indicates a strong probability of Markian
However, it is always possible that if more evidence, of other sorts, were
considered, the probability of Markian priority could be reduced or even
reversed. (Updating probabilities in this way is either an implicit or
explicit application of Bayes's theorem.) But, I think that it would
require a quite substantial amount of evidence to change the probable
What macro features are you referring to? I recall that you have said that
the large scale structure of the synoptics seems most consistent with
Markian priority, but that your disagreement was with the details.
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bham.ac.uk Subject: Re: [Synoptic-L] documentary independence
In a message dated 9/19/2004 9:16:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
I posted this because there are people here who may not be familiar with
earlier discussions on this list. If you, or others have specific
about material presented on the web pages, I'd be happy to try to answer
those question, since that might help me improve the site.
I would just like to hear you express verbally, in somewhat fuller form,
what you think your tables of statistics prove and why. The reason I say
this is because your less fully stated interpretation of your verbal
statistics does not match with my interpretation of more macro observations
-- such as the fact that the common Synoptic material is in general more
demonstrably Matthean in origin than it is Markan in origin. It would be
nice if the statistics re-inforced, rather than contradicted, sound
evaluation of the evidence based on macro observations.
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