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Q as hypothesis : a study in methodology.

Watson, Francis B. (2009) 'Q as hypothesis : a study in methodology.', New Testament Studies., 55 (4). pp. 397-415.


Arguments for the Q hypothesis have changed little since B. H. Streeter. The purpose of this article is not to advocate an alternative hypothesis but to argue that, if the Q hypothesis is to be sustained, the unlikelihood of Luke's dependence on Matthew must be demonstrated by a systematic and comprehensive reconstruction of the redactional procedures entailed in the two hypotheses. The Q hypothesis will have been verified if (and only if) it generates a more plausible account of the Matthean and Lukan redaction of Mark and Q than the corresponding account of Luke's use of Mark and Matthew.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Q, Synoptic problem, Source criticism, Two source hypothesis.
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Publisher statement:© Copyright Cambridge University Press. This paper has been published by Cambridge University Press in "New Testament Studies" (55: 4 (2009) 397-415) © 2009 Cambridge University Press
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Date deposited:21 May 2010
Date of first online publication:October 2009
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