Re: [Synoptic-L] Bart Ehrman's Introduction and Markan Priority
- On 7 Nov 99, at 1:32, Stephen C. Carlson wrote:
> Ehrman's discussion of Markan priority is found on pages 73-75. ForAgreed. But there is another problem here that I find more troubling
> his first argument, he notes that "it is extremely rare to find Matthew
> and Luke sharing the wording of a story also found in Mark when Mark
> differs." This observation, of course, is that Mark is the middle term.
> Ehrman seems to think that this fact points to Markan priority, because
> this pattern would not emerge "[i]f Matthew were the source for Mark and
> Luke, or if Luke were the source for Matthew and Mark." The problem with
> this argument is that Ehrman did not consider all the cases, since he
> assumed that if one gospel was the source of the other two, the other two
> did not know each other.
still: the statement of the data is misleading. It is actually relatively
common "to find Matthew and Luke sharing the wording of a story
also found in Mark when Mark differs": John the Baptist, Temptation,
Mustard Seed, Beelzebul, Mission Discourse etc. The reason that
this does not get noticed is the category of "Mark-Q overlap", a
category that immunizes people against spotting the clear occurrences
of the kind of data the 2ST is supposed to exclude.
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