Re: [Synoptic-L] Re: Discussing Q (was Dr. Trafford's argument for Q)
- In a message dated 5/27/2002 3:26:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< Imagine, if you will, that we never had a copy, or even fragments of GMark
to actually study. Instead we had only Matt and Luke to work with. Could we,
in applying Form Critical methods to these two texts construct anything even
approaching an accurate representation of what Mark actually looked like? The
answer, quite plainly, is no, we could not.>>
Not only so, but we would not in the least suspect the existence of a Markan
source at the time of the writing of these two gospels. The two gospels are
perfectly explicable on their own terms, and Luke in a relation of dependence
on Matthew. This should give one pause about the validity of the hypothesis
of Markan priority.
<< In fact, I believe that the most common response would be that few, if any
would believe that Mark ever existed at all, and either Luke used Matthew, or
The belief that Mark did not exist at the time of the writing of Matthew and
Luke is one that is still accessible to us today. One need not construct an
unreal condition in order to acquire that insight.
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