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Testing Neirynck’s list of minor agreements: A critical reflection on A Source Critical Edition of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in Greek and English.

Monaghan, Christopher J. (2013) Testing Neirynck’s list of minor agreements: A critical reflection on A Source Critical Edition of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in Greek and English. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    This thesis reflects critically on the candidate’s published work A Source Critical Edition of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in Greek and English (Subsidia Biblica 40), 2 vols., Rome, Gregorian and Biblical Press, 2010, with a particular focus on its identification and treatment of the minor agreements between Matthew and Luke.

    The first section surveys the scholarly study of the minor agreements. The second examines in particular the role played by textual assimilation, ancient compositional practices, and the oral tradition in the formation of agreements.

    The third section evaluates the candidate’s published work against Frans Neirynck’s list of significant minor agreements in The Minor Agreements in a Horizontal-Line Synopsis (Studiorum Novi Testamentum Auxilia, XIII), Leuven, Leuven University Press, Peeters, 1988. This carefully compiled list of minor agreements is then used so that the work of the candidate is further tested against the work of a number of scholars representing different source critical positions. Particular attention is paid to the work of Andreas Ennulat, Die “Minor Agreements”: Untersuchung zu einer offenen Frage des synoptischen Problems (WUNT, II/62), Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 1994. This section concludes with an examination of the role that oral tradition may have played in the formation of a number of the striking agreements in Neirynck’s list.

    Extensive appendices are provided: i) indicating where the candidate’s work needs correction, ii) examining Neirynck’s list from a number of source critical perspectives, and iii) exploring the range of variation and convergence in the minor agreements listed by Neirynck.

    The thesis argues that the predominately literary paradigm used to explain the minor agreements needs to be modified to take into account recent work on ancient compositional practices, including the roles played by short and long-term memory, paraphrase, and the on-going impact of oral traditions.

    Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): minor agreements, oral tradition, composition practices, synoptic problem,
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
    Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
    Depositing User: Rev Christopher Monaghan
    Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 12:44
    Last Modified: 05 May 2017 12:44
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2364

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