Oral Tradition & Literary Dependency
Variability & Stability in the Synoptic Tradition & Q

By Terence C. Mournet
September 2005
Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161484541
442 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$115.00 Paper Original

New Testament scholars have correctly suggested that the synoptic Gospels exist in some sort of textual relationship with one another. However, given the extent to which oral communication dominated ancient society, it is necessary to explore the possibility that some of the similar content within the Gospels is attributable to the existence of multiple versions of materials which were transmitted and preserved by early Christian communities. Terence C. Mournet examines various so-called Q pericopes in light of the folkloristic characteristics of variability and stability.

Textual dependency & the Synoptic Gospels.
Brief history of the problem of oral tradition.
Oral communications & written texts.
Statistical anaylsis of Synoptic Gospel Pericopes.
Conclusion. Bibliography. Index of Sources. Index of Modern Authors.
Index of Subjects & Key Terms.

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2, No. 195

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