Re: [Synoptic-L] narrative structure of Mark (was Temple Cleansing)
What a joy to find you still on the list! The last message I
remember receiving from you was sent in late January.
Towards the end of what I see as a clear and important message, you
wrote: "Don commented on the silence of other list members in the
face of Brian's claims. Brian and I discussed many of these issues
last summer and I see no need to repeat that argument. Perhaps
someone more capable than I in navigating their way around the
archives could post a way to dig up our orrespondences. I hope, in
the next few weeks, to throw out a few ideas on Mark's structure- as
soon as my schedule allows."
First of all, I will much look forward to your doing what, according
to the last sentence, you hope to do!
Very importantly, I want to thank you for reminding me of the
earlier discussion you had with Brian regarding the issues that I
have tried to discuss with him, from a somewhat different
perspective, in the recent past. I admit to not having remembered
that discussion when I expressed puzzlement last week at the
silence of other members of the list regarding Brian's very broad
statements. I imagine that was a matter of being more personally
involved with Brian recently than I was in those earlier
Fortunately I had saved all those messages -- in Eudora files, the
system I was using before moving to Netscape in early January.
If I'm not mistaken the discussion you refer to took place, not last
summer but rather mainly in October. As I was rereading this
morning the discussion between you and Brian, I took the opportunity
to reread also the briefer discussions of that same period between
Brian, on the one hand, and list members such as Jeff Peterson,
Leonard Maluf, Stevan Davies, and Antonio Jerez.
All that helps me to understand why there was not greater readiness
of others to comment on the way Brian was attacking what I had
written in answer to a request from Mark Matson concerning
interpretation of the Temple Cleansing in Mark.
Since I have that earlier discussion saved, I could easily send it
-- or parts of it -- to anyone on the list who does not have it
saved. Alternatively, it would all be available in the archives for
the period mainly between late September and early November.
Finally, Shawn, I want again to thank you for sending me by snail
mail your very enlightening and valuable work on the historical
background of Heidegger and particularly of his friendship
relationship with Bultmann. I will be very interested is seeing how
you will have in the meantime or will in the future show how all
that affects Crossan's interpretation of the parables . While
re-reading his The Historical Jesus and while studying quite
carefully a number of times his The Birth of Christianity, I have
had your initial suspicions in the back of my mind.