Spectrums of Scripture: Thematic Correspondence

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. The second axis on the three dimensional plane is thematic correspondence, where topics, tropes, and themes serve as the basis for determining the use of one text inContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Thematic Correspondence”

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Spectrums of Scripture: Echoes

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. Echoes are made up of a single significant term, enough to make an inquisitive reader or hearer think about another source, but without the enough evidence to confirmContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Echoes”

Spectrums of Scripture: Quotations and Allusions

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. Quotations involve four or more significant terms.[1] Significant terms are distinguished by their uniqueness to a text,[2] as in the case of 1 Clement 25:2’s mention of theContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Quotations and Allusions”

Spectrums of Scripture: Verbal Correspondence

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. The verbal correspondence spectrum tracks the levels of verbal similarity between two texts.[1] Prerequisite for discussion of this spectrum is definitional clarity.[2] Although numerous scholars have offered numerousContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Verbal Correspondence”

Spectrums of Scripture: Introducing a Spectral Approach

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. In addressing the questions of how to determine when one text is received by another text and in what ways texts are received in other texts, scholarship hasContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Introducing a Spectral Approach”

Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part IV)

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. Memory: The scarcity and bulkiness of texts in the ancient world are often taken to suggest that many texts were accessed via memory.[1] When considering instances of potentialContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part IV)”

Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part III)

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. Prior Attribution: The principle of prior attribution consults previous scholarship to see if anyone has previously recognized the textual relationship in question.[1] The more previous readers have foundContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part III)”

Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part II)

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. Genre: Consideration of genre similarly affects a historical-critical methodology, especially when the texts analyzed belong to two different genres of literature or the pericope in question comes inContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part II)”

Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part I)

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. These foundational methodological tenets in place, this paper now considers several overarching historical-critical methodological points. Writ large, these criterion stem from the importance of understanding an ancient workContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Historical-Critical Criteria (Part I)”

Spectrums of Scripture: Foregrounding Method

This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture. The method of reception practice should begin with the recognition of the need to clarify assumptions, the subjectivity of scholarship, and the transformative reception of ancient texts. AmidContinue reading “Spectrums of Scripture: Foregrounding Method”