sblack at axionet.com
Sun Mar 18 12:10:39 EST 2001
>I think that without some controls, speculation will run rampant and nothing
>of consequence will be accomplished. Mark made extensive use of the Old
>Testament in creating his stories about Jesus, as has been demonstrated
>repeatedly on this list.
Joe, all that has been "demonstrated repeatedly" on this list is that YOU BELIEVE Mark made extensive use of Hebrew Scriptures.
And speaking of controls, I would like to know what yours are in your methodology?
Joel Marcus wrote an excellent book (all of his work is excellent!) entitled, "The Way of the Lord" where he looks at Mark use of Hebrew Scripture. It might be a good place to start.
A good "control" would be to start with what we ALL can acknowledge, and see what patterns emerge. THEN we can work towards the less certain items.
Also "relativising" our own opinions a bit might also help. It¹s a mark of intellectual clarity to be honest with ourselves and with others regarding the degree of certainty any given theory possesses. Arguing as if there are demonstrable or "given" results when there obviously is not, simply is not helpful.
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