Publication details for Prof Francis WatsonWatson, Francis B. (2009). Q as Hypothesis: A Study in Methodology. New Testament Studies 55(04): 397-415
- Publication type: Journal papers: academic
- ISSN/ISBN: 0028-6885, 1469-8145
- DOI: 10.1017/S0028688509990026
- Keywords: Q, Synoptic problem, Source criticism, Two source hypothesis.
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Arguments for the Q hypothesis have changed little since B. H. Streeter. The purpose of this article is not to advocate an alternative hypothesis but to argue that, if the Q hypothesis is to be sustained, the unlikelihood of Luke's dependence on Matthew must be demonstrated by a systematic and comprehensive reconstruction of the redactional procedures entailed in the two hypotheses. The Q hypothesis will have been verified if (and only if) it generates a more plausible account of the Matthean and Lukan redaction of Mark and Q than the corresponding account of Luke's use of Mark and Matthew.