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Gospel of Nicodemus

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  • E Bruce Brooks
    To: Synoptic (Re: Gospel of Nicodemus). On the question of critical editions of this text, Larry Swain had said, Well, there is, for the Old English version.
    Message 1 of 16 , Jun 30, 2011
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      To: Synoptic (Re: Gospel of Nicodemus). On the question of critical editions
      of this text, Larry Swain had said, " Well, there is, for the Old English
      version. I know that doesn't help." Bruce: In Ehrman's opinion, all these
      European language versions stem from the Latin version, and the Latin
      version in turn is thought to be later than, and inferior to, the Greek.
      That, presumably, is why the Old English critical edition does not help. In
      the sense that it does not help get back to the original form of the story.
      To the extent that there *is* an original form of the story. Ehrman also
      remarks that the Gospel of Nicodemus is obviously a composite text, which
      has grown by extension from a story core (not solely present in any extant
      manuscript), to which were added other bits and pieces of Crucifixion lore
      over the course of centuries, eventually resulting in what seems to have
      been acclaimed by Mediaeval Europe as the definitive account. (There is
      extension of this kind even within the Greek versions; see Ehrman for a
      comparison of Greek A and B). As well it might, since its tradition
      obviously goes straight back to the document archives of Pilate and the
      Sanhedrin, to mention no one of lower rank. / E Bruce Brooks, UMass Amherst
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