Re: Jesus Seminar Criteria

	Excuse me, but I did not know that New Testament scholars "lived 
for" the opportunity to "find" the "non authentic" in Scripture. One may 
question whether or not this is the "authentic" function of New Testament 
scholarship. I'd like some feedback here. What is the mission of NT 
scholarship? Who determines it? And when do you know that you have found 
it? Thanks in advanced for both the "authentic" and "non authentic" thoughts 
that shall follow!

Ken Hammonds  hammonds@netcom.com
West Angeles, Church of God in Christ
Los Angeles, CA

On Tue, 29 Mar 1994, Nichael Cramer wrote:

> >Date: Tue, 29 Mar 94 11:35:40 PST
> >From: "KENNETH D. LITWAK" <klitwak@vnet.ibm.com>
> >Subject: Jesus Seminar Criteria
> > ...  Here we are talking more about
> >something along the lines of analysing Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg
> >Address:  words 1-4 are black; 5-8 are pink; 9-10 are red; 11 is gray;
> >etc.
> On the other hand if --to make the comparison more relevant-- we had a
> half-dozen, significantly varying versions of the Gettysburg Address, each
> of which showed an internal bias that was both pervasive and consistent
> and, furthermore, we had a good idea who might have introduced those
> variations --and why they would have done so-- we might be onto something.
> >  ... any more than
> >you'll find a Music dept. deciding which notes of the Brandenburg
> >Concerto are not from Bach.
> On the contrary, while the Brandenburgs may not be a good example and while
> nobody would argue that any complete lengthy piece was patched together a
> few measures at a time, this sort of thing --when there is sufficient
> reason to suspect non-authenticity-- is precisely the sort of things
> musicologists live for.  (The Mozart-vs-CPE-Bach or the Mozart-vs-
> Sussman[-or-pick-your-favorite-Mozart-student] controversies are a couple
> that come immediately to mind.)
> N