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Negotiating the Clouds Around Statistics and "Q": a Rejoinder and Independent Analysis

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In 1994, the author critiqued a 1971 statistical study of "Q" by Charles E. Carlston and Dennis Norlin. Their recent reply has necessitated both a further clarification of their study's most serious flaws and an independent statistical analysis using a method that avoids these flaws. Such an analysis demonstrates that Matthew and Luke do not preserve "Q" sayings any more faithfully than Markan sayings. This can still be interpreted in support of "Q" being a single written source, but it is important to recall that the degree of Matt-Luke verbatim agreement is much lower than Carlston & Norlin's figures imply.


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