Re: [Synoptic-L] A successful excavation of Q ?
- Ron Price wrote:
> I've rather belatedly acquired a copy of Kloppenborg Verbin'sIn discussing *Excavating Q*, I should first express my appreciation for
> _Excavating Q_ (Edinburgh, T&T Clark, 2000). The book is erudite and
> thorough . . .
Kloppenborg Verbin's taking the time to actually understand the synoptic
problem, and to comment intelligently (and at length) on it. In doing so,
Kloppenborg Verbin breaks with a long tradition of extreme ignorance about
the synoptic problem among North American Q scholars. Many Q scholars in
America continue to operate with a pre-Butler understanding of things (even
though they list Butler and Farmer in their bibliographies). As far as I
can recall, *Excavating Q* is the *only* book-length study of Q produced in
North America that actually makes a positive contribution to the synoptic
problem. Europe has had Tuckett and Neirynck. Now North America has
In my opinion, the main weakness of *Excavating Q* has to do with its
totalizing of social science: virtually every detail of social realia is
turned into a clue about the origins of Q, so much so that nothing remains
of Jesuan significance. This simply isn't realistic.
John C. Poirier
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