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by Ben C. Smith
Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.
Replies: 83
Views: 1890

Re: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.

Same here, though I seem to be less bothered specifically by his lack of naming the apostles in the Dialogue and especially in the Apologies than you are. (Please understand that none of this is an attempt to smuggle in the canonical four. I honestly do not know the exact state of Justin's gospel t...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.
Replies: 83
Views: 1890

Re: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.

Same here, though I seem to be less bothered specifically by his lack of naming the apostles in the Dialogue and especially in the Apologies than you are. (Please understand that none of this is an attempt to smuggle in the canonical four. I honestly do not know the exact state of Justin's gospel t...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.
Replies: 83
Views: 1890

Re: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.

It seems possible to me that the anonymity of Marcion's (and Valentinus') Gospel(s) was not so much a genuine problem for the likes of Justin and Tertullian as it was a weapon in their hands against their opponents. (The problem of an anonymous gospel text, after all, was fixed in a heartbeat simpl...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.
Replies: 83
Views: 1890

Re: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.

Why, then, mention authorship by "those who followed" here (the other specific reference), apparently in connection with the story in Luke 22:43-44? There is no gospel witness that I can find for this anywhere outside of the Gospel of Luke. What's more, it appears to be absent from the Gospel of Lu...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.
Replies: 83
Views: 1890

Re: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.

The answer to our question is, then, apparent: this particular expanded form of the reference to the memoirs here, calls our attention to the fact that what is quoted isn't found in every version of those memoirs. And if we went looking for them only in the memoirs of the apostles, such as Peter, w...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mulberry Trees and Mustard Seeds
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Mulberry Trees and Mustard Seeds

Very well argued, Ken. I like it.
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Papyrus 20915 - English Translation
Replies: 17
Views: 360

Re: Papyrus 20915 - English Translation

My one gift to this forum, see the attached translation of this 2nd century Coptic work from German into English Done by a gifted scholar I know Eugenia (PM for contact details) It contains quotes from the Preaching of Peter, many old testament quotes and so on, some gospel quotes The work is rathe...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A peculiar (and mathematical) argument for Lucan priority and Matthean posteriority.
Replies: 39
Views: 733

Re: A peculiar (and mathematical) argument for Lucan priority and Matthean posteriority.

Ben and Peter, Are your models examining the question of how likely it is that *all* of Luke's five blocks could be in the same order as their counterparts in Matthew by random chance? Yes. What if we could show that there was a good reason to put two (or even three) in that order, and only two or ...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A peculiar (and mathematical) argument for Lucan priority and Matthean posteriority.
Replies: 39
Views: 733

Re: A peculiar (and mathematical) argument for Lucan priority and Matthean posteriority.

Thanks, Ken. Very enlightening. It is always fun to find contradictions and misunderstandings in a reputable scholar's body of work, but it also makes me queasy to wonder how often I myself indulge in self contradictions or misunderstandings either without noticing myself or without others calling m...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A peculiar (and mathematical) argument for Lucan priority and Matthean posteriority.
Replies: 39
Views: 733

Re: A peculiar (and mathematical) argument for Lucan priority and Matthean posteriority.

For the purpose of finding the odds, it is simpler for the program to imagine Luke's procedure in reverse: instead of taking all the Matthean blocks, scattering them, and finding a sequence of 5 disconnected blocks in order that correspond to a contiguous series in Matthew... we can rely on the sym...