The First Gospel (LODLIB v1.35 release notes)

This week’s edition puts us at almost 680 pages and over 280,000 words. Major highlights:

  • A new section on the history of scholarship on Computational Linguistics and the Synoptic Problem. Ever wonder why we couldn’t solve the Synoptic Problem before? Faulty understanding and modeling of the problem and only using a fraction of the relevant datasets!
  • New additions and numerous corrections to our statistical proofs. What happens when you bring together statistics about GMarc’s abundance of triple tradition passages with statistics about its lack of Markan and Lukan passages? Hint: if this were judo or MMA, this would be the submission hold that ends the match against defenders of the early orthodox hypothesis that GMarc is derived from Luke.
  • A new Lk2 clean vocal stratum training dataset for Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics. Ever wonder what the redactor of Late Luke (Lk2) unfiltered without synoptic noise sounds like? Any of the coders out there eager to have lemmatized and morphologically tagged datasets to test our hypotheses? Here ya go!
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The First Gospel (LODLIB v1.34 release notes)

This week’s edition puts us at almost 650 pages and over 270,000 words. Lots of new additions have been made to the Comparative Restoration (esp. for chp 12) and to the Data Dictionary. We’ve also made some significant corrections to previous chapters as we continue to follow a cycle of continuous improvement, simultaneously tracing the transmission and syntheses of vocal signals across time and clarifying discrete vocal strata from specific moments in time. I’ve also been enjoying reviewing the scholarly literature in Computational Linguistics about authorship attribution and recognition and figuring out how to adapt the methods of other scholars and also develop new ones specifically customized for ancient Greek texts and the Synoptic Problem. Should have some important scientific findings to announce in the next month or two.

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Release of Harnack’s Reconstruction of the Gospel of Marcion with Morphological Tagging (v1.33)

Our first edition of the new year puts us over 610 pages and over 265,000 words. The big addition for this version is a twofold digital edition of Harnack’s reconstruction of the Gospel of Marcion in our in-book Dataset and Code Repository. The first is untagged Greek text for human readers and the second has full morphological tagging for Computational Linguistics use. We welcome and encourage other scholars to use this dataset to evaluate our hypotheses and come to your own conclusions about whether the Gospel of Marcion is in fact the third gospel stratum, composed partly of early Mark and mostly of the first Gospel (Qn).

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First and Third Gospel Discovery: Christmas Edition (v1.32)

This evening’s edition brings us to 580 pages of detailed and ever-growing evidence proving my five hypotheses to uncover and reconstruct the first and third gospel strata. Besides reorganizing the table of contents and chapter order to be cleaner, we’ve added lots of new content:

  • an in-book Dataset and Code Repository section, which debuts here with a digital edition of Harnack’s critical reconstruction of Marcion’s Gospel
  • lots of footnotes on the history of scholarship of Marcion’s Gospel
  • a new section, “Half of a Love Letter to Advocates of the Marcionite Hypothesis”
  • a new excursus calling for a new Quest for the Historical Marcion and critiquing the failure of scholars to set Marcion squarely and thoroughly within his Roman historical setting, almost entirely ignoring the major role that Pliny the Younger (the first Roman official on record to execute Christians) probably played in Marcion’s life and thinking as his local governor in Pontus

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Data Dictionary upgrades and integrations in First Gospel v1.31

We’ve now reached 550 pages and 250,000 words, up from 530 pages and 225,000 words in the last version.

We’ve also reclassified the “Linguistic-Syntactical Vocal Strata Profiles” as an embedded Data Dictionary with distinct headings that are now increasingly cross-referenced from footnotes. Hundreds of new entries are included; many of these entries add significant further evidence clarifying the distinct voices (vocal strata) of Qn, Lk1 and Lk2 within Luke.

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Statistical Proofs of GMarc as Early Luke from the Single, Double, and Triple Traditions

Today we release v1.30, containing new statistical proofs related to my discovery of the First Gospel (Qn) as an actual, historical text whose vocal stratum data can be proven and restored using modern data science methods. This goes together with my scientific reconstruction of Marcion’s Gospel as the third gospel stratum. We are now at 530 pages and almost 225,000 words, up from 500 pages and 210,000 words in our last version.

The main set of new proofs is the “Statistical Analysis of GMarc and Single, Double, and Triple Traditions.” By carefully comparing attestations and word counts of these different tradition types in GMarc and Lk2, we show clearly that GMarc has a consistent, systematic lack of single traditions compared to double and especially triple traditions. These patterns are too consistently evident across an inconsistently attested text to be explained logically as the product of Marcion’s editorial work or of random or even deliberate patterns of early orthodox attestation or suppression. The only scientifically sound explanation of the consistent favoring of double and triple traditions to single traditions in GMarc that Lk2 was a revised and expanded version of GMarc. The payoff of this detailed analysis comes in the following tables:

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Linguistic-Syntactical Vocal Strata Profile Section Released in First Gospel v1.29

We’ve now reached 500 pages and 210,000 words, up from 180,000 words in the last version.

The most important update is a new section of tables entitled “Linguistic-Syntactical Vocal Strata Profiles,” a workspace where we compile and partition features by their originating gospel stratum.

Now that the Lk1 and Lk2 vocal strata are starting to gain clarity based on a thorough inspection of passages not present in GMarc, we have started selectively restoring to Lk1 some Qn passages that are not attested in GMarc, most of which were previously considered part of Q.

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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 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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