Although one could get the impression from Metzger's comments in pp.
266-267 of TOTNT (3th ed. -- I typed "4th" earlier; oops) that
Metzger discovered that the "hermeneiai" are divination-notes, by
1901 Rendel Harris had written a book titled "The Annotators of Codex
Bezae (With Some Notes on Sortes Sanctorum)," so it would seem that
BMM wasn't the first to discern what they were. Also, Scrivener
listed the notations somewhere, I think.
I'm not sure how the Sortes Sanctorum were used -- possibly a person
would simply open the codex to a page at random and read the
notation. Metzger suggests that "A number would be selected, perhaps
by throwing dice, and then the pages of the Gospel codex would be
turned until the sentence that corresponded to the number was
It's not clear to me why only 69 notations appear in D, only on the
pages containing Mark 1:1-10:22. Maybe they were copied from the
margins of an exemplar which only contained Mark. Perhaps Harris'
book (which is available on CD from SolaScripturaPublishing) could
provide some more information.
In other news: in Mark 4:11 ...
Peshitta supports GNWNAI.
1241 reads DEDWTAI TA MUSTHRIA. (No GNWNAI.)
1342 reads LEGEI instead of ELEGEN, and -- this is interesting -- TO
MUSTHRION DEDOTAI GNWNAI. (Word-order agreeing with the Alexandrian
word-order, but with GNWNAI.)
Can somebody consult T&T (or other resources) for info about the
versional evidence at Mark 4:11?
Yours in Christ,
James Snapp, Jr.
Curtisville Christian Church