Re: Q and Papias

Mr. Conrad wrote:

>How can literary relationship between Luke and Matthew be conclusively
>denied in the face of extended passages that have identical Greek text?
>To me that is explicable in very few ways: (1) Mt copied Lk; (2) Lk
>copied Mt; (3) Lk & Mt both copied a third source; (4) the identical
>texts sprang like Athena from the head of Zeus. It is not simply a matter
>of similar accounts of similar or the same events told by different
>witnesses to the same events, but of identical Greek text in several
As a Christian, my question is:  What position did the Holy Spirit take with 
regard to influencing EXACT similarities within these passages?  I nominate 
Him for alternative # (5) above.

Dick Ruble