Q Skepticism in the Biblioblogosphere

There has been a lot of discussion of Q online recently. The Jesus Blog declared Q to be in critical condition. Keith Reich articulated some points about Q skepticism. Discussion of the subject could even be found on Reddit!

By way of comparison, today I spotted a blog post about the fact that rumors of the death of the Documentary Hypothesis in Pentateuchal studies are greatly exaggerated.

Also, in not entirely unrelated news, Mark Goodacre blogged about a video related to Luke's genealogy and a trailer for a French documentary about the Gospel of Jesus Wife fragment.

Joel Watts presumably subscribes to the view that Mark borrowed from Matthew and Luke, but mainly because he thinks that the Mark in question is a different Mark who has been accused of plagiarism.

And of course, let me link once again to my favorite solution to the Synoptic problem, which I shared here last month.


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  • Andrew Dowling

    It seems to me that the most enthusiastic advocates against Q often don’t like the implications of such a document existing or its theology.

    • http://jamesdowden.wordpress.com/ James Dowden

      That was John Kloppenborg’s argument in Frans Neirynck’s festschrift back in 1992. It may characterize some people’s motivation, but in many cases it amounts to a rather nasty mischaracterization. At best it’s a caricature; at worst it’s a coincidence of the straw man and ad hominem fallacies. It strikes me as remarkable that I have not found any responses to this line of argument that assume as much bad faith as it assumes itself.

  • http://unsettledchristianity.com/ Joel

    I think you hate me.

  • http://jamesdowden.wordpress.com/ James Dowden

    I think the comparison to the Documentary Hypothesis of the Pentateuch is a good one. If one takes the Flood or Korah/Dathan&Abiram accounts for instance, it is relatively simple to draw two coherent narratives out of the Biblical text. This just isn’t the case in those alleged Mark-Q overlaps – it’s rather a case of Q finishing Mark’s sentences (and the direction of dependence appears to be just that Mark→Q). It just doesn’t look like the same phenomenon.