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Appendix: The Genitive Absolute

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Chapter Summary

In many respects this appendix is the linchpin of the book. It contains a study of the Genitive Absolute which makes five contributions to the argument of the book. First, it illustrates the method of statistical research outlined and used in the basic research for the book. Second, the Genitive Absolute is often referred to in redaction-critical work. Third, this study shows more clearly than any previous syntactical study the development of formulaic language within the synoptic tradition and particularly its development in the post-Marcan period. Fourth, the study confirms Hartman's judgment on the nature of synoptic language, that it represents an 'in collegia' form of communication. There are considerable problems in defining what is meant by the grammatical term Genitive Absolute, and since the items listed in this survey would differ according to varying definitions some consideration has at this point to be given to the matter of definition.

Keywords: Genitive Absolute; Hartman's judgment; post-Marcan period

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