At 03:07 PM 9/2/2004 +0200, Frides LamÃ©ris wrote:

>As long as there are no aprioris build in into the possible literary

>(in)dependence, there are chances traces can be found of such a

>relationship between (gospel) texts. Because thusfar however, after almost

>a few hundreds years of critical research, definite results of the

>dependence approach seem to be minimal (who would dare to say: as far as

>proofed certainty is concerned almost nil), the better chances may at last

>be for more traditional approaches which reckon with a minimum of LITERARY

>dependence.

I think that Jack Poirier has already pointed that there is a

big difference between the fact of some literary interdependence

and the direction of that relationship. I would also dispute the

idea that independence is "more traditional" than dependence,

because Augustine assumed dependence in his discussion of the

agreement of the gospels.

>I wish we had a simple example (one to start with!); describe all the

>different approaches; list the different presuppositions; have them rated as

>to their weight, do some more necessary steps, and create the (mathematical)

>formula which gives an evaluation of the (relative) strength(s) and

>weaknes(ses) of all the explanations/approaches!

At my web site, I have enumerated (based on a computer program) a list of

1488 viable, documentary solutions to the synoptic problem, with 0, 1,

or 2 relevant hypothetical documents. (Independence is not one of them.)

See

http://www.mindspring.com/~scarlson/synopt/enum.htm
>I was once told in mathematics one tends to go for solutions that are

>most simple and elegant.

>

>Maybe somebody can also work out some software which could do the

>job sketched above. I'll leave that with pleasure to the (paid) experts!

The hard part is not the software, but devising a formula that can

reasonably evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the

possible solutions.

Stephen

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