Thursday, March 23, 2006

About the Bible Study posts (update)

This is an explanation primarily for readers of the Bible Study posts who aren't in my church's Bible Study group.

Each post (so far) is named "Bible Study: Synoptics #N: XXX". The guidebook my church's Bible Study is using is "Come and See: Catholic Bible Study: The Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, and Luke)". These posts are my summaries of the primary readings, as well as my answers to the questions in the guidebook. The CCC links are to paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Bible links are to excerpts from the New American Bible.

We're going through this book slightly out of order. I don't know if there will be "time off" after this guidebook is completed, if we'll start with another book, etc. As I have time, however, I will go back and cover the chapters of the guidebook I was not present for (I joined the group rather late).

The Come and See series has two other guidebooks, "Prophets and Apostles" and "The Gospel of John". Like I said, I don't know if we'll start a new session with one of them, if the study will be on hold, if we'll wing it, etc.

After Lent has ended, I will start writing weekly Scripture studies based on the coming Sunday's reading; hopefully, there will be three posts per week, with the first two being summaries and ramblings and the third being a coherent essay or reflection.


highboy said...

In my Synoptic Gospels class, it was suggested by a known scholar whose name I can't remember that while Luke and Matthew borrowed a lot from Mark, that there was a fourth Synoptic, simply called "Q" among scholars that now no longer exists. There is internal evidence in the Gospels to suggest this I guess. I should have paid attention. You ever heard anything like that before?

japhy said...

Oh, certainly. "Q" (which stands for "Quelle", the German word for "source") is a hypothetical document which, along with Mark, was used as a source for Matthew and Luke. The primary argument for its existence is that Matthew and Luke borrow a lot of very specific passages (and in some cases, the same words) from Mark, and yet Matthew and Luke share passages not found in Mark at all, and that those shared passages are very similar in form too.

Wikipedia has an entry on Q. I first learned about it from a textbook my fiancee used in college which she gave to me afterward: The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings by Bart D. Ehrman.