Original Research - Special Collection: Old and New Testament Studies

‘Cut in two’, Part 1: Exposing the Seam in Q 12:42−46

Llewellyn Howes
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 1 | a2910 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.2910 | © 2015 Llewellyn Howes | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 February 2015 | Published: 22 June 2015

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Llewellyn Howes, Department of Religion Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


This publication argues for the existence of a seam between verses 44 and 45 of the parable in Q 12:42–46. In the process, a case is also made for identifying the second half of the parable (Q 12:45–46) as a redactional addition to a more original first half (Q 12:42–44). The arguments that make up this article form the basis for a follow-up article on the redaction of Q 12:42–46 within the context of the Sayings Gospel as a whole.


Sayings Gospel Q; Parable; Faithful Slave; Formative Stratum; Main Redaction; Stratigraphy; Kloppenborg; Stratification


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