Re: [Synoptic-L] Markan priority
- Zeba Crook wrote:
> I don't mean to pick on you, Ron, since many people use it, but thisZeb,
>phrase "the exception that proves the rule" makes the hair on my neck stand
>up. There can be no such thing as an exception that proves a rule, since
>by its very existence exceptions disprove a rule.
I used to think the same way. But some of these old sayings are not
meant to be taken literally. I now understand it to mean: 'The finding
of a rare exception reminds us that a *general* rule (as opposed to an
absolute rule) must exist.'
> Beside, I thought it had long ago been proved that the lectio brevior wasThis is all very true. But as I understand it, the research behind
>useful (though not air tight) in text criticism, but of little value for
>source criticism. Sometimes a pericope is shorter in Matthew and Luke
>because of removing extraneous detail and repetition from Mark.
this was looking at the *pericope* level. My comments on editions relate
to the level of a whole book. It would be dubious to extrapolate from
the former to the latter.
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