Re: [Synoptic-L] Beelzebul controversy
- Leonard wrote:
> EXEI . . . appears four times in Mark's text, withI'm no synoptic scholar, nor do I hold a strong
> no parallel in Matt or Luke (Mk 3:22b, 26, 29, 30).
> [S]ee e.g. Mk 8:14-18, where, in the span of five
> verses, a late Mark adds the verb EXEIN, in one form
> or another, no fewer than five times to the parallel
> text of Matthew).
opinion on the putative chronological priority of
Mark, so my remarks here will be more of an
observation than an argument (and lacking expertise,
I'll leave it to others on this list to construct
arguments one way or another).
In Mark 3:22-30, only verse 29 in Mark has a phrase
with EXEI parallel to a verse in Matthew that has a
similar phrase without EXEI:
Mk. 3:29 OUK EXEI APHESIN
Mt. 12:31 OUK APHETHASETAI
Similarly, in Mark 8:11-21, only verse 16 in Mark has
a phrase with EXOUSIN parallel to a verse in Matthew
that has a similar phrase without EXOUSIN:
Mk. 8:16 ARTOUS OUK EXOUSIN
Mt. 16:7 ARTOUS OUK ELABOMEN
Luke seems to lack even these similar phrases. Except
for these two instances above, it would appear that
the EXEIs are dropped along with entire phrases. On
the face ot it, this would appear to reduce the
significance of absent EXEIs -- though one would
perhaps still need to explain the excision of the
phrases in Matthew and Luke (assuming a position of
Assistant Professor Horace Jeffery Hodges
Hanshin University (Korean Theological University)
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