I'm reading a book titled "Map Is Not Territory" by J. Z. Smith. And in the book, it says "This suggests, without arguing direct LITERARY DEPENDENCE, a community and continuity of tradition." (p.31). Can you teach me what this "literary dependence" mean?
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Literary dependence refers to the original relationship between biblical texts. The term is often seen in discussions among biblical scholars around the question of how the gospels relate to each other—known as the synoptic problem. Johann Jakob Griesbach's theory on their relationship, quoted from Wikipedia, helps explain the term (emphasis mine):