By Maurice Casey
In the United States for the previous couple of many years, Q discussions in the United States were principally framed through students like Robinson, Kloppenborg, Mack and Crossan. of their works, those students declare, with a stunning volume of self belief, to understand many stuff concerning the beginning, improvement, style, personality, volume and objective of Q. consequently, many a ways attaining conclusions were asserted in regards to Christian origins and the ancient Jesus. yet fact be informed, a lot of those conclusions were outfitted on little greater than hypothesis and methodological difficulties are by no means not easy to discover.
Let me attempt to summarize in brief the conclusions which were drawn by means of a number of the fogeys writing books approximately Q who've dependent their works at the above-mentioned students. it truly is usually assumed (and sometimes argued) that Q used to be a unmarried Greek rfile, or that it may be accurately categorised in line with genera (e.g. "sayings of the wise") or that Q and the "community" accountable for it may be particularly linked to historic Cynicism. Early Christianity, we're instructed, all started with a bunch of itinerant Cynics who cherished 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 staff 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 used to be misplaced and all yet forgotten ... until eventually fresh students recovered it and defined to us what all of it means.
Kloppenborg's stratification concept 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 all types of ridiculous old reconstructions concerning the lifetime of Jesus and early Christianity. In his personal historic comic strip of Q examine Casey runs throughout the scholarship best as much as our unhappy present situation in Q scholarship, concentrating on males like Toedt, Luehrman and Kloppenborg, exhibiting how their methodologies have been very unsound and feature been approved all-too-uncritically. Casey complains of the way Q study has turn into "beaurocratized", wherein he implies that students frequently depend on one another's previous arguments instead of own examinations of the first resource fabric (e.g. the new discoveries at Qumran). He additionally issues to the way in which arguments for Q contain loads of question-begging thoughts. for instance, the arguments Kloppenborg makes use of to teach how Luke or Matthew displaced yes sayings inside of Q may simply as simply be taken to teach that those sayings initially existed independently and weren't extracted from an current rfile (at least now not one with its personal significant association) after which rearranged based on the redactor's theological programme.
Casey's criticisms on fresh Q scholarship could by myself make the e-book worthy purchasing considering sturdy criticisms like his are going nearly unheard within the ruckus of the entire sensationalist rules being proposed those days.
Casey additionally, fairly all at once, criticizes the various early Aramaic ways to the Gospels, even Matthew Black's awesome paintings. i discovered his feedback right here insightful and a hallmark of his personal reflective and important brain.
Casey's thesis is that at the very least a few of Q was once initially preserved in Aramaic, no longer Greek. in addition, it was once no longer a united composition, yet can have existed as a number of self sustaining sayings. The translated Greek Q existed in not less than translations prior to Matthew and Luke obtained to it and those distinct translations are detectable and partly recoverable by way of retroverting the texts into Aramaic - the language during which they have been initially preserved and which Jesus probably knew and spoke.
Casey additionally demanding situations the frequent 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 will depend on a slightly complicated view of stratification. because it comes right down to us, Q contained a number of 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 can have misinterpret or misinterpreted definite Aramaic phrases. i am not confident any of those arguments rather carry up.
Still, the publication comes as a refresher to me because i have learn numerous books in this subject now and they have often been from an identical point of view. This publication deals a unique examine issues and that i imagine provides a few stable meals for inspiration. A extra accomplished e-book on Q that i might suggest is "Q and Early Christianity" through Christopher Tuckett. Richard Horsley has additionally written a few reliable opinions of Kloppenborg. For an exceptional critique of the Cynic speculation, Craig Evans has a superb bankruptcy in his e-book "Fabricating Jesus." it is a really easy learn too, in contrast to this publication by means of Casey.
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Hengel, Judaism and Hellenism. , 1968. ET from 2nd edn, London, 1974); Jews, Greeks and Barbarians. Aspects of the Hellenisation of Judaism in the pre-Christian Period (1976. ET London, 1980); The ‘Hellenization’ of Judaea in the First Century after Christ (ET London, 1989). 133 On Sepphoris, however, see now the cautionary article of M. Chancey, ‘The Cultural Milieu of Ancient Sepphoris’, NTS 47, 2001, pp. 127–45. 132 42 An Aramaic Approach to Q these near cities is possible on general grounds, but there is no evidence, either in general or in the Gospels, that such people were to be found in Capernaum and the local countryside, still less, that Jesus believed that Jews like him would learn from them.
But in this case the text does not ﬂow better, because it leaves the story of Peter denying Jesus without a proper ending. Kloppenborg explains, ‘ ë Wv in v. 61 introduces a ﬁnal clause which does not require continuation in v. 62, while the aÉt»n in v. 63 refers not to the subject of v. 62 (Peter) but to that of v. 61 (Jesus). This suggests that v. ’101 This is not satisfactory either. Continuation is desirable so that we know what happened to Peter, not to complete a ﬁnal clause. The shift represented in aÉt»n happens in Greek, and is characteristic of Aramaic narratives.
E. Vaage, Galilean Upstarts. ), The Gospel behind the Gospels, pp. 199–229. For accounts of ancient Cynicism largely independent of New Testament scholarship, see L. E. Navia, Classical Cynicism. A Critical Study (Westport, CT, 1996); R. B. Branham and M-O. ), The Cynics. The Cynic Movement in Antiquity and Its Legacy (Berkeley, 1996). 42, which he gives in an English version, so shortened as to omit several of the main points which enable us to set Matt. 42 in its original cultural background:126 But woe to you Pharisees, for you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and neglect justice and the love of God.
An Aramaic Approach to Q: Sources for the Gospels of Matthew and Luke (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series) by Maurice Casey