For those interested in NT textual criticism, here’s a nice piece on Dan Wallace and the work of the CSNTM (Center for the Study of NT Manuscripts). Hard to believe Dan is sixty!
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What are your thoughts on the Q theory ?
Q of course is hypothetical. That said, I’m not bothered by the idea that gospel writers used sources or that they could all have drawn something from a common source. The issue is whether one needs to come up with this hypothetical source to explain the synoptics. Mark Goodacre, a specialist in this area, doesn’t think Q is coherent. Neither does David Alan Black for different reasons. Since I’m not terribly concerned with the overall idea, I haven’t gone into with a lot of depth.
I wish they’d validate or not that alleged Mark fragment Wallace mentioned earlier. The longer it takes, the more skeptical I am becoming.
C14 dating and some experts eyeballing that thing shouldn’t take this long should it?
I’m not sure what the hold up is. If it is C-14, one cause of the delay could conceivably be permission to destroy part of the manuscript for testing. But who knows?
Just ask Dr. Wallace by email. He’s not hard to reach and generally answers his emails.
I’ve done that.