Re: Q and Papias

> 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 
> passages. 

Another possibility is scribal harmonization, though the textual evidence
is meager.  Do we have good 2nd and 3rd century witness for the nearly
identical passages in Mt and Lk?

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