Re: definition of the synoptic problem
- Dear Bill
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- Thomas R. W. Longstaff wrote:
>This is a good definition, as I understand it. When I look at the
> Without reproducing what everyone has already contributed (which
> is a very fruitful discussion), let me put in my two-cents worth:
> For me the synoptic problem is the problem of explaining the complex
> pattern of similarity and dissimilarity (agreement and divergence)
> that emerges when the texts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are compared
> with one another. Theories may be limited to the strict comparison of
> written texts (with due consideration to source criticism) or may
> include suggestions about the viability of an oral tradition. Indeed many
> hypotheses will include elements of both.
> Tom Longstaff
> Colby College
> Waterville, ME
material in Aland's Synopsis, I see agreements and divergences. The
question is, How can these be explained. It would seem to me also that
we need to take into account what the post-apostolic church tells us
about the interrelationship. Blessings. Jakob Heckert.