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[Synoptic-L] A New Look at Q

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  • John Lupia
    A new approach to pre-Gospel texts takes into account the actual record of literature production and dissemination known to have existed in the first century.
    Message 1 of 10 , Mar 2, 2003
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      A new approach to pre-Gospel texts takes into account
      the actual record of literature production and
      dissemination known to have existed in the first
      century. The earliest sources or Q fall into eleven
      Type documents. These pre-Gospel texts emerged during
      the very first years shortly after the death and
      resurrection of Jesus from AD 33-37. As many of you
      know my thesis of the Synoptic Problem solution I
      hold that Luke created the twelfth Type document that
      became the literary model later on adapted by Matthew
      and Mark, but can also be seen to be reflected to some
      extent as well in John.

      The eleven Type documents that preceded the Gospel
      model did not necessarily develop in an essentially
      ordered and chronological manner, but may have
      developed alongside one another in the first few years
      of the Church.

      The eleven Type documents briefly are:

      Type 1: epos, (versified oral tradition),
      non-versified oral tradition, euchologions, i. e.,
      collections of written epos hymns.

      Type 2: orthodox short or brief written records of
      historic events, and unorthodox cacographic short or
      brief written records of historic events.

      Type 3: shorthand records written by stenographers
      recording speeches and events.

      Type 4: pesher or Peripatetic endoxa inscribed as
      postillae that follow Doeve�s theory of recording
      narratives in the margins of OT texts but differs from
      him in that they included commentary.

      Type 5: pesher that used Jewish literature.

      Type 6: pesher (endoxa) that used Hellenistic
      literature.

      Type 7: apologues or moralized parables.

      Type 8: translations and scholia that provided rich
      vocabulary from which a distinctive Christian
      vocabulary grew and was used in the canonical Gospels.

      Type 9: compilations, collections or catenae of Types
      1-8 in a disorganized manner.

      Type 10: organized compilations made for various
      purposes and having specific utilitarian functions for
      liturgy and catecheses.

      Type 11: cacography, i.e., apocryphal gospels that
      reflected unorthodox views identical to the Gospel of
      Thomas, an Epicurean propagandistic ribald
      hilarotragoedia jibe that betrays Sadducaic and
      Herodian origins, alluded to in Luke�s Prologue that
      caused his Gospel to be produced to refute them.


      with best regards,
      John

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