Sunday, July 21, 2013

Quote of the Day: Allison on Dissimilarity

I enjoyed the previously mentioned Allison paper so much, I went back and read it a second time, and happened on this eminently quotable gem on the criteria of dissimilarity:

[R]ather do we have a lesson about the ambiguities of dissimilarity.  One can always discern dissimilarities between two texts--otherwise they would be the same text.  So it is no surprise that, if one looks at something in the Jesus tradition long enough, one will usually be able to find ways in which it differs from all other Jewish and early Christian texts (just as one can almost always find parallels if one hunts long enough).
The criteria of dissimilarity:  Strack-Billerbeck in reverse!

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