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Title: The Parable of the Mustard Seed- Mark 4,30-32 and Q 13,18-19
Subtitle: A Surrejoinder for Independence
Author(s): FRIEDRICHSEN, Timothy A.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 77    Issue: 4   Date: Dec. 2001   
Pages: 297-317
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.77.4.571

Abstract :
In his book, Mark and Q, Harry T. Fleddermann examines twenty-eight “overlap texts”, by which he offers a complete view of his position that the evangelist Mark knew and used Q as a major source. It is well beyond the scope of this article to evaluate all of the passages Fledderman mentions. In fact, F. Neirynck has provided a first “Assessment” (263-307) of Fleddermann’s method, treatment of each of the passages, and conclusions, which already goes a long way toward challenging his position. Nevertheless, a closer examination is possible, and given that each of Fleddermann’s conclusions is stated rather absolutely, then one contrary example will significantly call his conclusions into question. Of primary interest in this article, therefore, is the opportunity to revisit my defense of the independence of Mark from Q in the Parable of the Mustard Seed (Mark 4,30-32 and Q 13,18-19)3 in light of Fleddermann’s (esp. 90-99; cf. Neirynck’s assessment, 277-278) and others’ responses.

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