michaelabernat9001 at sbcglobal.net
Wed Dec 26 15:48:04 EST 2007
Thank you for responding. You answered in part,
"But there are ways to prove it wrong. One can find a section
that is indisputably to be attributed to Source 1 (S1) and show that it is
dependent on a section that is indisputably to be attributed to a second
That answer sounds quite reasonable in theory but I specifically asked
objective test for a reason. It appears to me that the decision that any
belongs to a specific source is subjective, open to the interpretation
reader. In my mind the response from some of the others on this list
the subjective nature of such determinations.
I am certain that this approach seems quite sensible to those who have been
trained in it. From my limited background DH seems to be more a matter
than science, being impossible to prove and nearly impossible to disprove.
And while I suppose you must find it of some value, I am perplexed as to
theory which encourages the interpreter to divorce material from its
context is a particular benefit to interpretation.
Once again, thank you for responding.
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