Criteria for Evaluating Gospel Strata Sequential Hypotheses

Uploaded v1.28 today. This major update brings the book series draft over 180,000 words, including some significant new content. Most important is the development of a set of twelve complementary criteria to expand and nuance my evolving scientific method for clarifying vocal strata within gospels and putting them in the correct historical sequence.

These twelve criteria are: 1) identifying signatures, 2) expansion/multiplication, 3) rhetorical density, 4) conceptual density, 5) transitional smoothness, 6) sequence preservation, 7) upward mobility, 8) honor/shame delineation, 9) hybridized intertextuality, 10) element preservation, 11) selective source alternation, 12) occasional weakness.

Along with a description of these twelve criteria, I provide a seven page set of tables showing how they work in practice.

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Luke 1-4 Parallel Sets Completed

Uploaded v1.26 this morning. This major update brings the book series draft up to nearly 450 pages and 160,000 words, including some significant new content:

  • Worked carefully through the infancy and childhood narratives, the genealogy, the introduction of John the baptizer, the baptism of Jesus, and the temptation to show that none of this content was present in the First Gospel (Qn) and Third Gospel (GMarc), but all quite clearly created or adapted from early sources by the Late Luke redactor, LkR2 (working 117-138 CE).
  • Started to develop a new proof of my hypotheses based on mapping the respective travels that Joshua/Jesus takes in each textual stratum. In Qn, Jesus makes a single trip from Nazareth to Jerusalem. In GMarc/Lk1, Jesus wanders around a few extra spots in Galilee before making the Qn single major journey. But in Lk2, Jesus, his parents, and his followers all make numerous back and forth trips between Galilee and Judea/Jerusalem.
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First and Third Gospel Reconstructions complete through chp. 11

Uploaded v1.24 today, another major update:

  • Draft reconstructions and translations for the First Gospel (Qn) and the Third Gospel (Early Luke / Gospel of Marcion) are now complete through chapter 11
  • Shifted to SBL fonts for the entire document
  • A more nuanced indication system is now in use to show precisely how the reconstructions relate to Roth’s critical edition
    • upgrade – ⸂⸃
    • emendation – ⸄⸅
    • explicit restoration – ⟨⟩
    • improvised restoration – ⟪⟫

Feedback welcomed, especially on the latest materials in chapter 11!

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First and Third Gospel Reconstructions complete through chp. 10

Uploaded v1.23 today, a major update:

  • Now up over 150,000 words (1.22 was around 125,000 words)
  • Draft reconstructions for the First Gospel (Qn) and the Third Gospel (Early Luke / Gospel of Marcion) are now complete through chapter 10
  • Lots of corrections made to earlier chapters as new evidence has continued to come to light
  • The page format in the Signals Reconstruction section is now uniform (tabloid size, landscape layout), facilitating a cleaner reading experience

Feedback welcomed, especially on the latest materials in chapter 10!

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First and Third Gospel v1.22 uploaded

Finished reconstructions and tagging of Early Luke / Gospel of Marcion through most of chapter 9. I’ve also improved numerous prior passages by breaking out more of Late Mark (Mk2, 140s CE) and Late Matthew (Mt2, 140s CE), as well as splitting up the Johannine strata (e.g., Jn1, 100-110; Jn2, 110-117). This scientific signals synthesis and triangulation method actually works! My fresh analysis is confirming much of what Vinzent, Klinghardt, Knox, Tyson and others have found about the Gospel of Marcion and its relationship to the synoptic Gospels.

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First and Third Gospel Reconstruction v1.21 Uploaded

Continuing to make great progress. Now up to 383 pages and over 116,000 words. A few notable changes in this version and/or the last couple versions:

  • new subsection: “Comprehensive Analysis of the Synoptic Receptions of the Markan Source” (this should convince many scholars about my two-source hypothesis for the Gospel of Marcion, as should the next one)
  • new subsection: “Lukan Redactional Features Disproportionately Missing from GMarc”
  • developed new abbreviations for signals tagging (one dot, two dots, three dots rather than 1, 2, 3) and Gospels (Lk1, Mt1, Mt2, etc.)
  • tagging and parallel set reconstructions up through GMarc chapter 8 now complete
  • starting to split out Late Mark (140s) and Late Matthew (140s) redactions into separate columns, a significant data visualization improvement
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First Gospel LODLIB v1.18 now uploaded

Available at the usual spot:

Lots of fresh signals analysis and textual reconstructions of content of the First Gospel and the Third Gospel (Early Luke or the Gospel of Marcion) from chapters 6-8, 11, and 13 now available in the latest version (1.18). Readers/scholars/fans: always be encouraged to download and read the latest edition, since substantive additions are now being made and self-archived on a weekly basis.

Also of note: I’ve removed the access restriction on version 1 of the book on Zenodo, so everyone can now see what this book proposal and five hypotheses looked like when it was first uploaded on July 1, 2020. From 50 pages to 350 pages in six weeks is pretty good progress!

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Encore une fois, les deux éditions du Luc

A couple close scholarly friends have recently provided private critical feedback about my reconstruction of the Gospel of Marcion and the First Gospel (Qn). Generally, their response simply repeated the common, traditional position: there was only one version of Luke, and the Gospel of Marcion is a later abridgement of that. I’d rather not have to tell friends that they are wrong, but friends, you are wrong. Please allow me to explain why, even without drawing at all on my scientific method and approach to signals synthesis and triangulation.

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Discovery of the First Gospel: Book Series Proposal v1.17 Now Uploaded

Given the difficulty some of my readers were having downloading and navigating between both the main book proposal and the supplement, I’ve consolidated them into one pdf (now 340 pages in length). Please download that as the latest version:

Readers will also notice updates to many sections, a full table of contents on the first page, and a reconceptualization of this file as the start of a new book series and the basis for the creation of a new academic research center devoted to the use of the hard Data Sciences to study the Gospels. Interested universities and authors are encouraged to reach out to me.

Scientific Method and History of Joshua: A Scientist-Technologist-Classicist Call to Action

LODLIB-4 (10 pages) uploaded to:

This LODLIB details and expounds a set of 10 new scientific hypotheses and related Socratic questions related to the scientific discovery and restoration of the First Gospel (Qn).

Hypothesis 1. The movement of Joshua of Nazareth started between 34 CE and 37 CE (not 27-30 CE as almost all scholars currently think).

Hypothesis 2. The co-leader and chief patron of the Joshua Movement was Miryam, who was originally the leader of an entourage of women supporting John the Baptist, but who transferred her allegiance to Joshua after John was imprisoned.

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