Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Story Status

Beloved, I have organized the tables with all the words I am writing so you can find your way around the scriptorium without too much direction from me.

Section TitleMarkLukeMatthewJohn StoryTable
IPRAEFATIO




1
1Prologus1.11.11.11.1>>1

Excursus - Gospel



>>

Excursus - Jerusalem



>>
6Genealogia Jesu
3.231.2
>>1

We had placed a bookmark here, for we were not able to return at first. All this happened a long time ago. First we had to pursue the order that Uncle Mark himself chose. And he omitted the Exordium entirely. But time passed. A year later, we returned to look at the texts from another point of view. A year later. For a whole year, these parts of books occupied a dozen tables in the scriptorium. Continual dusting and care, but no progress in this beginning section.

I learned much in that year. It is a dangerous thing to learn from these books. God has much to teach - not all without pain.

It is not that the introduction was of no interest. It shows the depth of tradition in the faith - and as I think on my own growth, it shows suffering, reproach, slavery, the exploitation of one by another, reaching back to Isaiah and Samuel. It contains great psalms that speak of deliverance and that will be sung for ever. It establishes a history linking the Messiah to the Exodus from Egypt. But all these things were out of scope for John Mark in his desire to move immediately into the ministry of Jesus. And all these were not needed for John who writes of the new creation in a strophic imitation of the first six days and a new understanding of the seventh.

But now we have read the Exordium, which we divided into 11 sections on the first table (though I have omitted one which I will return to later). One section, the genealogy, is repeated from the Prefatio. The other 10 present the announcements, the birth and the early years of Jesus.

Section TitleMarkLukeMatthewJohn StoryTable
IIEXORDIUM




1
2Annuntiatio nativitatis Ioannis
1.5

>>1
3Annuntiatio nativitatis Christi
1.26

>>1
4Visitatio Mariae
1.39

>>1
5Nativitas Ioannis
1.57

>>1

Proleptic - Glory



>>
7Christi nativitas
2.11.18
>>1
8Natus Adoratur
2.82.1
>>1
9Circumcisio et praesentatio
2.21

>>1

Excursus - A Rite



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10Fuga in Aegyptium et reditus

2.13
>>1
11Puer Jesus in Nazareth
2.392.22
--1
12Puer Jesus in Templo
2.41

>>1


Section TitleMarkLukeMatthewJohn StoryTable
IIIPRAEPARATIO



>>1
13Ioannes Baptista praecursor Domini (Autumn 27)1.23.13.11.19>>1
14Ioannes paenitentiam praedicat
3.73.7
>>1
15Ioannes interrogantibus respondet
3.10

>>1
16Ioannes Christum evangelizat1.73.153.111.24>>1
18Baptismus Jesu (March 28)1.93.213.131.29>>1
20Proleptic - Tentatio1.124.14.1
>>1


Section TitleMarkLukeMatthewJohn StoryTable
IVINITIUM MINISTERII PUBLICI



>>1
21Primi discipuli


1.35>>1


So we begin the fourth of 18 sections. Here are counts of the number of cuttings we made for each of our authors.
Section TitleMarkLukeMatthewJohn
IPRAEFATIO1111
IIEXORDIUM
95
IIIPRAEPARATIO4853
IVINITIUM MINISTERII PUBLICI


9
You can see that Mark and John both omit the Exordium as I noted earlier. Also that John has mostly unique material even though I have placed some of his sections in parallel with the others. Matthew and Luke both have their own special material sometimes in long sections. These may be unique to them or show influence the one on the other or the two on Mark. So Luke has 64 sections in a row that are his. You can see them on tables 7 and 8. Some few of these are unique to Luke, but many have parallels with Matthew and some with Mark. Luke has also the Sermo Domini (table 4) similar to Matthew's Sermo in Monte (table 3), but Matthew's is much longer. All four share the passion, the crucifixion, and the resurrection (tables 10, 11, 12).
VMINISTERIUM IN GALILAEA171743
VISERMO IN MONTE

27
VIISERMO DOMINI
7

VIIIMINISTERIUM IN GALILAEA2918575
IXPASSIO IMMINET108152
XITER IN JERUSALEM
64

XIINFESTO SCENOPEGIAE JERUSALEM


13
XIIMINISTERIUM IN IUDAEA8797
XIIIULTIMUM MINISTERIUM IN JERUSALEM1411141
XIVSERMO ESCHATALOGICUS877
XVCONCLUSIO TEMPORIS ANTE PASSIONEM NARRATI
153
XVIPASSIO23242531
XVIIRESURRECTIO3334
XVIIIEPILOGUS2112

Totals11818617886
There are too many in my totals, but remember that the sections are counted twice when they are shared. I have worked out more counts also - for Matthew, Luke and John together share only one section! (Do you know which one?) Matthew, Mark, and Luke in contrast, share 36 of my cuttings. But perhaps I will share more of these at a later time in the story.

2 comments:

Beyond Words said...

Amazing.

Bob MacDonald said...

Thank you Kathy - I fixed a couple of link errors this morning - they have to be done by hand to link to the Blog stories. I had better not get too far behind. I started this idea 5 years ago and realize that I have a million words to write - but in a job like this who can be in a hurry. I feel strangely blocked at times, but then equally strangely released. The work I did to read and colour the Evangelists 5 years ago is all in a small desktop database so it is easy to produce the many combinations without retyping anything.