--- In synoptic-l@y..., "Wieland Willker" <willker@c...> wrote:
> David Inglis wrote:
> >For example, even if one particular scribe was (for
> >some reason) responsible for creating an overall 'Western' set of
> >there must have also been something else to account for Luke being
> >and Acts being longer. In my view that 'something else' is that variants
> >both Luke and Acts were created BEFORE the overall 'Westernizing process
> >took place, and this is something I'm working on at the moment.
> The person who is responsible for the majority of variants in D was a
> harmonizer. He added and omitted to harmonize. Besides the canonical
> he had other sources at his disposal, probably a harmony, evtl. the
> Diatessaron. This harmonizing process is probably responsible for many of
> the omissions.
> Since in Acts he had nothing to harmonize it with, he could work more
> without particular reasons to omit.
If I understand you correctly, most of the variants in D were created by a
single person ("a harmonizer. He added ..."), and presumably this took place
no earlier than the late 2nd century, otherwise it is difficult to see how a
Gospel harmony would have been available. However, this raises some
1) If a late 2nd century harmonizer created the majority of the variants in
D, how could these same variants have been known to Polycarp and Marcion in
the first half of the 2nd century?
2) I don't understand your comment about Acts. I don't see why someone who
felt free to add 10% more text to Acts would not feel free to do the same to
the Gospels, whatever sources he had available. Also, you haven't explained
why the harmonizer would add so much to Acts, but also REMOVE so much from
Luke (e.g. the Western Non-Interpolations in chapter 24).
I simply find it very difficult to understand how the Western forms of both
Luke and Acts could possibly have been created by one person in the way you
describe. As you sound very sure of your position, I would be interested in
knowing what evidence you have, and how you came to these conclusions.
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