Farrer-Goulder-Goodacreian Rhapsody

Is this a real source?
Is this just fantasy?
Scholarly landslide
An escape from reality
Open the Gospels
Find parallels and see
Because it’s Markan priority
Then Matt and Luke agree
Anyway the wind blows, Q stuff really matters to me, to me

Farrar debunked the trend
Laid out evidence and said
The Q theory should be shed
Goulder made Q-debunking fun
Now Goodacre has shown us all the way

Kloppenborg oooooh didn’t mean to make you cry
If the Synoptic problem’s solved this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on
As if Q still really matters

Too late, Q’s time has come
Luke was reading Matthew’s lines
He rewrote them all just fine
Goodbye everybody – Q’s got to go
Gotta leave Q far behind and face the truth

Tuckett, ooooh
Q won’t want to die
I sometimes wish they’d not posited it at all

I see a little silhouetto of a source
Burton Mack, Marcus Borg, must you publish editions?
Layered Q redactions – have so little traction, see?
B. H. Streeter, Robert Stein,
F. G. Downing, Frans Neirynck,
James M. Robinson also – They all say so

I’m just a scholar, nobody loves me
He’s just a scholar, at a university
Spare him these too complex hypotheses
Sources come sources go – will you let Q go?
Let Q go! No – we will not let Q go – let it go
Let Q go! We will not let Q go – let it go
Let Q go! We will not let Q go – let it go
Will not let Q go – let it go
Never let Q go – let it go
Never let Q go – ooo
No, no, no, no, no, no, no –
Oh Mark Goodacre, Mark Goodacre, Mark Goodacre let Q go
Johann Griesbach has some choice words set aside for thee
for thee
for thee

If you posit redaction and set Q aside
Say Luke took Matthew’s sermons and then pulverized
Your case cements with minor agreements
You’re gonna get Q, just wanna get Q outta here

Ooh yeah, ooh yeah
Q still really matters
Anyone can see
Q still really matters – Q still really matters to me

The scholarly winds blow…

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  • Darrell Pursiful

    Fantastic! This must be performed and YouTubed. (Is there a line or two missing in the first verse?)

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I don’t think so (I didn’t write in all the echoes and parenthetical responses, and so that may be what is missing).

      If there is enough of a call to record it, I will – but I hope that at the very least Mark Goodacre will make a cameo appearance as himself! :-)

      • markmatson

        Record!! Record!!

        And perhaps Kloppenborg also would add a cameo
        Who knows, maybe you could also get many of the “Questioning Q” gang on short cameos….

        [who’s going to play the great guitar riff ala Queen?]

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

          I think it would have to be done using an existing backing track, and just providing the new vocals – or otherwise it would take a lot of work and a lot of volunteers! If anyone offers, I’m happy to collaborate!

  • AlanCK

    You must make a video of this Wayne’s World-style

  • Victoria Gaile

    Record, record, record! This is fabulous!

  • arcseconds

    Very good :-)

    Does this reflect your actual opinions on the Q hypothesis?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath


  • Montjoie

    High Larry Us