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  • Jacob Knee
    I like your biography of Streeter - with a bit of minor tweaking - it could cover whole generations of English NT guys. Forget the intellectual history - let s
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2005
      I like your biography of Streeter - with a bit of minor tweaking - it could
      cover whole generations of English NT guys. Forget the intellectual history
      - let's have the social history - I want to know who were the grammar school
      scholarship boys. (I'm half serious).

      Dale Allison has a little aside in an online piece about the forgetting of
      former NT giants:

      'Who's still reading Vincent Taylor or T. W. Manson? (I note that these
      one-time giants have quite a few books in the current library sale, books
      that are just sitting there. Who's going to buy them?)'

      From Allison's talk 'Books and the Book' at http://www.pts.edu/allison4.html

      Best wishes,
      Jacob Knee
      (Cam, Glos.)

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      From: owner-synoptic-l@... [mailto:owner-synoptic-l@...] On
      Behalf Of Peter Head
      Sent: 28 February 2005 12:22
      To: Synoptic-L@...
      Subject: RE: [Synoptic-L] Streeter and Matthean apocalyptic

      At 11:52 AM 2/28/05, Jacob Knee wrote:
      >What I'm tentatively suggesting is that scholarship isn't terribly
      >interested in the _history_ of interpretation. It's not the past that
      >interests them - it's the past's utility for the present.

      I'm sure that is basically right. People need to have a reason to write on
      the history of research (esp. the out of the way research in unpublished
      papers, diaries, book reviews etc.); and one of the most basic reasons in
      this area is a kind of protest-history:
      Most recent history of the synoptic problem research has come from people
      unsatisfied with the 2SH and probing the history of research to see how it
      could be that such a theory became dominant (e.g. Farmer, Stoldt, Dungan,
      Peabody; [Tuckett: protests the protest-histories]).
      Schmithals has written a history of research from the 2SH viewpoint,
      essentially tracing the history of the solution to the synoptic problem.
      But it doesn't go into little details and doesn't really do (as I recall)
      much english language stuff.

      One could make a case that Streeter was one of the three most influential
      NT scholars of the 20th century [in terms of actually influencing other
      people to agree with him and cite his work approvingly as proving the
      point] (certainly top ten). But where is the critical intellectual
      biography? Maybe it has been tried and actually it is pretty boring (born
      at a young age - posh family - public school - Oxford and the Church -
      wrote a few books - later died*); maybe there are no papers, memoirs,
      diaries etc.; maybe he was just a good summariser of other people's work. I
      wish I knew.

      By the way, an interesting book I haven't seen is R.Y. Yarbrough, The
      Salvation-Historical Fallacy? Reassessing the History of New Testament
      Theology (Deo, 2004). This, I believe, does look at an alternative history
      of research. And obviously has an agenda too. Anyone seen this one?
      Blurb follows:
      NT scholarship since the Enlightenment is not quite like the histories tend
      to present it. It has not been the unfolding triumph of objective
      "critical" or "historical" thinkers over less progressive and dogmatically
      biased "theological" interests. Rather, in the same respecive eras that
      "critical" thinkers like F C Baur, William Wrede, and Rudolf Bultmann
      mapped out approaches to NT theology, responsible scholars from J C K von
      Hofmann to O Cullmann have responded with viable programs of their own.
      This volume brings the ascendant Baur-Wrede-Bultmann line of analysis into
      dialogue with the "salvation-historical" perspective, uncovering a line of
      inquiry that was significant in the past and may prove promising in the
      future. A timely reassessment of 19th and 20th century NT scholarship.



      * I've made this up from my prejudices I'm afraid.

      Peter M. Head, PhD
      Sir Kirby Laing Senior Lecturer in New Testament
      Tyndale House
      36 Selwyn Gardens Phone: (UK) 01223
      Cambridge, CB3 9BA Fax: (UK) 01223

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