Why Have We Reduced the Oral Tradition to Silence?: The Oral Tradition's Role in the Formation of the Minor Agreements

There has been an upsurge of interest recently in the role played by the oral tradition in the formation of the Synoptic Gospels. A consequence of this is that there has been a call to reset the default literary paradigm to allow room for the ongoing contribution of the oral tradition in the process...

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Published in:Australian biblical review
Main Author: Monaghan, Christopher J. 1955-
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: [2017]
In:Australian biblical review
Year: 2017, Volume: 65, Pages: 1-16
Further subjects:B Oral tradition
B Literary criticism
B Q
B Synoptic Gospels
B ORAL tradition
B BIBLE. Gospels
B Source criticism
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Summary:There has been an upsurge of interest recently in the role played by the oral tradition in the formation of the Synoptic Gospels. A consequence of this is that there has been a call to reset the default literary paradigm to allow room for the ongoing contribution of the oral tradition in the process of the formation of the Synoptic Gospels. While there is a theoretical acceptance of the role played by the oral tradition there has been a reticence to identify concrete instances as examples of the impact of oral tradition. This article examines four minor agreements from the passion narratives to test whether they can be more adequately explained as being due to Matthew and Luke drawing on shared traditions rather than as coincidental and independent redaction, or some other form of literary dependence.
ISSN:0045-0308