Re: Assessing Motives
- Jim Deardorff wrote:
> Jeffrey wrote:And what this bit from Jim exemplifies is that he has missed (or chosen to ignore)
> >> must be regarded as lacking any credibility whatsoever and can hardly
> >> be entertained with any seriousness.
> >This requires an apology.
> This bit from Jeffrey exemplifies one of the points I was making. If even
> today when one e-mail writer dislikes what another is saying and then
> deviates from the purpose of the list -- which in this case is to hold
> serious & substantive discussion of the Synoptic Problem -- in order to slip
> in remarks directed against a person, such as what prompted Wieland's
> remonstrance, there is every reason to believe that the gospel writers were
> basically no different -- no better. We all have likes and dislikes and
> emotions that cannot always be kept hidden, and so did they, as they were
> humans, not mere "pipelines from God."
the point of my critique of what, for him, is a basic underpining of his
"solution" to the Synoptic Problem. Nowhere did I deny that the Gospel writers had
motive to write, let alone that these motives might have been less than
admirable. What I pointed out was specific evidence for suspecting that Jim's
particular *assessment* of what these motives actually were -- and therefore his
conclusion about the solution to the Synoptic problem that is based on that
assessment -- was highly dubious. Here again, then, Jim himself seems to
supply additional evidence that this is so.
In any case, to offer, as I did in the post which Wieland quotes, a notice of,
and evidence for, why Jim's particular assessment of the motives of the
Evangelists should be viewed with suspicion (if not incredulity) seems to me to be
not a deviation from the purpose of the List, but something which is highly
consistent with it.
Jeffrey B. Gibson
7423 N. Sheridan Road #2A
Chicago, Illinois 60626
- The current exchange on "Re: Assessing Motives" should be ended with immediate
effect. The reasons for this are, I hope, obvious. Those who wish to
correspond on this should do so off list.
Dr Mark Goodacre M.S.Goodacre@...
Dept of Theology, University of Birmingham
Synoptic-L Web Page: http://www.bham.ac.uk/theology/synoptic-l