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  • Richard H. Anderson
    Mahlon H. Smith, Carl William Conrad, Edgar Krentz greetings ... the literary relationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. ... I would like to
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 11, 1998
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      Mahlon H. Smith, Carl William Conrad, Edgar Krentz greetings

      >Here is a first attempt:
      > > > >
      >The synoptic problem is an inquiry into the existence and nature of
      the literary relationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and
      Luke.
      > > > >
      > > > >Stephen Carlson
      > > >
      > > > Good succinct definition. I would add "and the investigation of
      > > > reonstructed non-surviving sources."
      > >
      > > But presumably we are talking about WRITTEN sources here, however
      > > hypothetical, and not just about oral tradition, I presume.
      > >
      > > Carl W. Conrad
      >
      > I'll accept your qualification, Carl, as long as it is not designed to
      > exclude consideration of the interrelationship of oral tradition &
      > written documents in the formation of the synoptic gospels. I don't see
      > how a purely literary definition of the synoptic problem can be defended
      > at this stage in the history of gospel research. Let me see if I can
      > integrate what we have so far into a succinct definition:
      >
      > "The synoptic problem is (1) an inquiry into the existence and nature of
      > the literary relationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and
      > Luke,(2)investigation of reconstructed non-surviving written sources,
      > and (3)exploration of the influence of oral tradition upon the
      > development of manuscripts of these gospels."
      >
      I would like to add "the historical, literary and theological
      relationship" to number 1.

      Richard H. Anderson
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