Greek Syntax as a Criterion of Authenticity: A New Discussion and Proposal

Bibliographic Information: 

Wright, Brian J., "Greek Syntax as a Criterion of Authenticity: A New Discussion and Proposal." Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 74 no. 1 (2012): 84-100.

Description:

This article offers a new discussion and proposal toward the pursuit of uncovering and verifying Greek sayings of Jesus, namely, that Greek syntax provides another criterion of authenticity. In order to do so, one syntactical construction is examined in five central Greek corpora, as well as several other critical Greek and Coptic texts. From that examination, it is argued that Greek syntax is a viable criterion of authenticity in historical Jesus studies, and that this one syntactical construction might provide verifiable evidence to a Greek stratum of ipsissima verba of Jesus, up to nine sayings (four in the NT; four in the AF; one in the Gos. Thom.).

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Catholic Biblical Quarterly