By Maurice Casey
In the US for the previous few a long time, Q discussions in the United States were principally framed by means of students like Robinson, Kloppenborg, Mack and Crossan. of their works, those students declare, with a shocking volume of self assurance, to grasp many stuff concerning the beginning, improvement, style, personality, volume and goal of Q. consequently, many a ways achieving conclusions were asserted in regards to Christian origins and the historic Jesus. yet fact learn, a lot of those conclusions were equipped on little greater than hypothesis and methodological difficulties are by no means not easy to observe.
Let me try and summarize in brief the conclusions which were drawn via the various fogeys writing books approximately Q who've established their works at the above-mentioned students. it really is usually assumed (and sometimes argued) that Q was a unmarried Greek rfile, or that it may be accurately labeled in accordance with genera (e.g. "sayings of the wise") or that Q and the "community" answerable for it may be rather linked to historic Cynicism. Early Christianity, we're informed, begun with a bunch of itinerant Cynics who loved to speak about nature and who loved being a stick within the eye of traditionalism (earliest strata of Q). Afterwards, it advanced into an eschatologically-oriented workforce with a lot nearer ties to Judaism (later strata of Q). Then, with the composition of Mark's Gospel and with the stratified Q's eventual enshrinement within the Gospel's of Matthew and Luke the origian Q was once misplaced and all yet forgotten ... till contemporary students recovered it and defined to us what all of it means.
Kloppenborg's stratification conception and Downing's, Vaage's, Crossan's and Mack's claims approximately Jesus being a "Cynic sage" have supplied well known authors with fodder for every type of ridiculous ancient reconstructions concerning the lifetime of Jesus and early Christianity. In his personal ancient cartoon of Q examine Casey runs during the scholarship prime as much as our unhappy present scenario in Q scholarship, targeting males like Toedt, Luehrman and Kloppenborg, exhibiting how their methodologies have been very unsound and feature been authorized all-too-uncritically. Casey complains of ways Q examine has develop into "beaurocratized", through which he signifies that students usually depend on one another's earlier arguments instead of own examinations of the first resource fabric (e.g. the hot discoveries at Qumran). He additionally issues to the best way arguments for Q contain loads of question-begging ideas. for instance, the arguments Kloppenborg makes use of to teach how Luke or Matthew displaced definite sayings inside of Q might simply as simply be taken to teach that those sayings initially existed independently and weren't extracted from an present record (at least no longer one with its personal significant association) after which rearranged in line with the redactor's theological programme.
Casey's criticisms on contemporary Q scholarship may on my own make the booklet worthy procuring because solid criticisms like his are going almost unheard within the ruckus of the entire sensationalist rules being proposed those days.
Casey additionally, fairly unexpectedly, criticizes a few of the early Aramaic ways to the Gospels, even Matthew Black's outstanding paintings. i discovered his comments right here insightful and a trademark of his personal reflective and demanding brain.
Casey's thesis is that a minimum of a few of Q was once initially preserved in Aramaic, now not Greek. additionally, it used to be now not a united composition, yet can have existed as numerous self reliant sayings. The translated Greek Q existed in a minimum of translations prior to Matthew and Luke received to it and those particular translations are detectable and partly recoverable through retroverting the texts into Aramaic - the language within which they have been initially preserved and which Jesus probably knew and spoke.
Casey additionally demanding situations the common assumption that Q contained not anything greater than what Matthew and Luke now carry in universal. for instance, it is usually characterised as a "sayings resource" because it comprises only a few narratives. yet this declare is dependent upon a slightly complicated view of stratification. because it comes right down to us, Q contained numerous narratives (e.g. tales approximately John the Baptist, Christ's temptation, the therapeutic of the centurion's servant, Peter's leaving the scene and weeping bitterly after his three-fold denial, the query posed to Christ, "Who is he that struck you?").
One challenge i've got with Casey is his approach to demonstrating the Aramaic Vorlage at the back of Q: he attempts to teach how Matthew or Luke could have misinterpret or misinterpreted definite Aramaic phrases. i am not confident any of those arguments fairly carry up.
Still, the booklet comes as a refresher to me for the reason that i have learn a number of books in this subject now and they have often been from a similar perspective. This ebook deals a special examine issues and that i imagine offers a few sturdy foodstuff for idea. A extra entire ebook on Q that i might suggest is "Q and Early Christianity" by way of Christopher Tuckett. Richard Horsley has additionally written a few sturdy evaluations of Kloppenborg. For an outstanding critique of the Cynic speculation, Craig Evans has an excellent bankruptcy in his e-book "Fabricating Jesus." it is a really easy learn too, in contrast to this booklet by means of Casey.
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17–36, esp. p. 30. 135 H. O. Guenther, ‘The Sayings Gospel Q and the Quest for Aramaic Sources: Rethinking Christian Origins’, Semeia 55, 1991, 41–76. 136 J. T. Marshall, ‘The Aramaic Gospel’, Expositor, 4th series, 3, 1891, 1–17, 109–24, 275–91; Meyer, Jesu Muttersprache, esp. pp. 35–72; Dalman, Worte Jesu, pp. 1–72; Words of Jesus, pp. 1–88; G. Dalman, Jesus-Jeschua. Die drei Sprachen Jesu (Leipzig, 1922), pp. 6–25; ET Jesus-Jeshua. Studies in the Gospels (London, 1929), pp. 7–27; Jeremias, New Testament Theology, pp.
Kloppenborg consistently underplays evidence that the Q material did not consist just of sayings. I have noted the healing of the centurion’s servant (Matt. 1–10), the exorcism of a dumb demoniac (Matt. 14),108 the mockery of Jesus at the high priest’s house (shown by Matt. 62), and Peter’s presence in the courtyard, shown by his tears after he had denied knowing Jesus (Matt. 62). , pp. 190–2, 263. See pp. 155–7 below. 107 For detailed discussion, see Casey, ‘Jackals’. 48) ampliﬁes this. It is accordingly regrettable that Kloppenborg has been widely believed, and his work extensively built upon.
100–102; New Testament Theology, pp. 199–201, which is nonetheless recorded at p. 167 n. 30. 129 The state of play 41 Judaism. In their signiﬁcantly different accounts of his ministry, each of them retails a massive proportion of material about Jesus’ words and actions which is culture-speciﬁc to this Jewish framework. Both of them, and especially the more Jewish Matthew, have speciﬁcally Jewish features in their Q sayings, which have been cut out from Q versions by scholars to compare them with their ‘parallels’ elsewhere.
An Aramaic Approach to Q: Sources for the Gospels of Matthew and Luke (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series) by Maurice Casey