Dear Dr. Head, Just a few quick replies: PH: ... It is insufficient in this connection since it is about Codex Sinaiticus! Ach; sleepy me. Still, takingMessage 1 of 18 , May 1, 2005View SourceDear Dr. Head,
Just a few quick replies:
PH: ... "It is insufficient in this connection since it is about
Ach; sleepy me. Still, taking what Skeat has written (especially
about the likelihood that one of the scribes of B is probably the
supervisor of Aleph, and his observations in his 1999 essay -- even
if the main idea isn't right) and what others have written (not to
mention WW's detailed website with the ending-columns of each NT book
on display), it looks like the question about the propensity of B's
scribes can be answered: setting aside the end of Mark, did the
scribes of B intentionally leave a blank column anywhere else? No,
except for those two "seams" in the OT. To me this demonstrates a
strong tendency not to arbitrarily leave blank columns, which in turn
indicates that the blank column at the end of Mark is a deliberate
and provoked feature.
PH: "The balancing statement is a judgement about probabilities and
to use 'older' here is unclear" ...
I rephrase: The common statement that "the two earliest Greek
manuscripts lack 16:9-20" should be balanced by the statement that
the copyist of the earliest manuscript of Mark 16 probably had
encountered the LE in some copy of Mark that was older than
PH: ... "One problem with this would be why he never returned to
fill the blank space [Perhaps like Mark before him he died before he
could get round to it]."
Or perhaps he was making the MS for someone else, and figured that
the eventual owner would have the means and the desire to complete
Yours in Christ,
Jim Snapp II
Minister, Curtisville Christian Church
Marginally relevant: There is a novel by Paul L. Maier called A Skeleton in God s Closet where a sentence is discovered at the end of Vaticanus Mark 16 usingMessage 1 of 18 , May 1, 2005View SourceMarginally relevant:
There is a novel by Paul L. Maier called
"A Skeleton in God's Closet"
where a sentence is discovered at the end of Vaticanus Mark 16 using UV light. This then, of course, is shaking the foundation of the (catholic) church. Worth reading, good book. The sentence BTW is:
O DE TO SWMA IHSOU ANELHMFQH.
PS: That this is not simple fiction can be seen from the fact that the name of the pope in this novel is Benedict XVI ! The book is from 1994.
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany
... I don t see any evidence at all that Jn 20:31 is an ending. v28 discusses Thomas requirement that to see a miracle is to believe. v29 is Jesus responseMessage 1 of 18 , May 11, 2005View Sourcevoxverax wrote:
> This other text was JohnI don't see any evidence at all that Jn 20:31 is an ending. v28
> 21, which may have circulated as "floating" text before being re-
> worked and incorporated into (or onto) the Gospel of John. (That
> would explain, at least, the resumption of the narrative after the
> ending-like end of John 20.)
discusses Thomas' requirement that to see a miracle is to believe. v29
is Jesus' response that to believe _without_ seeing a miracle is to be
blessed. v30 continues the miracle theme by saying there are a lot more
miracles not mentioned. v31 says that the book is written to tell of
these miracles so that you may believe. Thus everything from 29-31 is a
necessary exposition of the "doubting Thomas" incident. The fact that no
manuscripts, church fathers, or any other evidence omits Ch 21, means
that this is gratuitous speculation to say that ch 31 is a later addition.