9846Re: [Synoptic-L] documentary independence
- Sep 28, 2004"I wouldn't waste my time."
Then I really don't see why I should waste mine.
The central premise is that if a category of text (A) and another category
of text (B) share a similar frequency of vocabulary items, above and beyond
any similarity we would expect, given that both categories are taken from
the synoptics, and if another category (C) does not share a similar
frequency of vocabulary items with (A) and (B), then (A) and (B) most
likely have the same author, and (C) most likely has a different author.
The study shows that the categories which include material in common
between Matthew and Mark show a similarity to categories which contain
material found only in Mark. But the categories containing material unique
to Matthew, do not show a similar relation to the categories containing
material common to Matthew and Mark.
Hence...the material in common between Matthew and Mark was likely
originally authored by the same person who produced the rest of Mark, and
not be the same person that produced the rest of Matthew.
Some objections to directly connecting vocabulary frequency, and authorship
have been raised on this list, and the objections are summarized and
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bham.ac.uk Subject: Re: [Synoptic-L] documentary independence
In a message dated 9/26/2004 6:44:54 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
I don't expect people to look through the archives. However, I do expect
people who are interested in understanding the work to study all the
webpages on my site completely (including following all the links) and ask
specific questions about items there that they do not understand, or have
I wouldn't waste my time. I have no reason to question any of your
statistical data that do not require intelligence, and that can therefore
be processed by a computer better than by a human being. I am interested in
the following step: how you get from the data you have assembled to an
argument in favor of Markan priority. It is there that I suspect (though I
cannot yet say for sure, since you refuse to articulate your argument
beyond the mere statement of its conclusion) that presuppositions would be
operative to which I would take exception. Until you are able to articulate
that argument, I don't believe its conclusion merits much credit or
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