[Synoptic-L] A look inside the source sQ
- I've updated my Web site to add a new page with the above title within
the section on synoptic gospel sources.
'sQ' is the label I've given to the written sayings source of the 3ST
stripped of pericopae deemed to have been taken by Au_Luke directly from
In contents, sQ is theologically consistent. It shows no trace of
Pauline influence. On the contrary it reveals in Matt 5:18; 7:6;
10:5-6,23 the sort of narrow 'Christian Jewish' outlook we would expect
from James (c.f. Gal 2:12) or one of his supporters. It is an outlook
which may have been shared by Jesus himself.
In structure, sQ is far more coherent than Q as presented by Mack or
Duling or Schnelle.
It contains a set of parallels which, it might be argued, have been
forced upon the text. The interested reader must judge. (If at first you
don't spot a parallel, read the corresponding texts.) My contention is
that they are too good to be a modern illusion, and so is the rest of
the structure. It must have been there all the time, hidden in Matthew
and Luke, waiting for someone to throw out the bathwater of Luke's
supposed independence of Matthew without abandoning the baby of the
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