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Title: Mark and Q
Author(s): VERHEYDEN, J.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 72 Issue: 4 Date: Dec. 1996
The Gospel of Mark contains not a few parallels with material that is commonly ascribed to the Sayings Source Q. These overlap texts between Mark and Q constitute an intriguing problem in the study of the synoptic question. Can they be explained on the basis of common traditions behind Mark and Q? Or do they point towards a literary relationship? Scholars who are tempted by this second alternative mostly argue for Mark's dependence on Q (J. Wellhausen is a well-known exception). Harry T. Fleddermann has now dealt with this hypothesis in a systematic way in a study that covers all overlap texts. He is convinced that Mark had a direct access to the Sayings Source Q itself. The volume also includes a lengthy “Assessment” by F. Neirynck (261-307), with comments on each of the overlap texts. He focuses more especially on Fleddermann's argument for Mark's use of Q-redactional and on questions of reconstruction of the Q text. This “Assessment” illustrates that the book deserves to be studied carefully, and critically. I will here present the general outline and the conclusions of Fleddermann's work.