Re: tc-list Peterson on Howard's Shem Tob
- At 10:29 AM 6/30/98 -0700, you wrote:
>James R. Adair wrote:
>> Petersen does not argue that Shem Tob is a direct descendant of the Middle
>> Dutch Gospel harmonies, but rather that ST and the Dutch harmonies share a
>> recent common _Latin_ ancestor, which also explains ST's close association
>> with Middle Italian gospel harmonies and an Arabic translation of the
>> separate gospels _from Spain_ (the provenance of ST). For example, he
>> says, "Shem-Tob's Hebrew Matthew is once again sharing a unique reading
>> with a Western medieval harmonized gospel text (this time, the Middle
>> Italian Tuscan Harmony) and Thomas.
>OK..this makes sense, the "descendency" from the Dutch Harmony is
>more rhetorical that accurate.
> The issue, which we have been discussing on textcrit, is my position
>I am sorry for my error in my summary of Peterson's arguments.
>characteristics of the Shem-Tob Matthew cannot be considered to have been
>characteristics of a putative Hebrew Matthew that pre-dates the Greek
>canonical version. I cannot speak about the characteristics of Du Tillet
>and Munster since I have not read exemplars and will hold back my
>strong impulse to declare that the canonical Gospel of Matthew never
>had a Hebrew "original." From a form and source critical standpoint, I
>just cant see it...but I have been surprised before and I even have been
>wrong before...I think back in 1948 (g).
If I understand correctly then Peterson is pointing to a Latin text behind
both Shem-Tob and the Dutch text. Is this an extant Latin text or just a
theoretical underlying text? Could the Latin text of which Peterson speaks
of have been affected by an older text which was closely related to
Shem-Tob? If the core of the Shem-Tob text is as ancient as Howard
believes, should we be surprised to see readings from Shem-Tob appear in
later versions? I am not sure that I see how any of this would disprove
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