## Re: [Synoptic-L] Counting Mark (2) and (3)

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• ... Thanks, Bruce, for these counts from Mark 2 & more from 3. I was about to send off the results for Mark 1-2, but then Bruce s results for Mark 3 arrived,
Message 1 of 2 , Aug 3 10:29 PM
At 09:37 PM 8/3/2011, E Bruce Brooks wrote:
>To: Synoptic
>On: Counting Mark (2)
>From: Bruce
>
>I don't seem to be seeing a lot of response to my suggestion to count length
>of the pericopes in Mark via the UBS3 Greek text, which, for all its
>shortcomings for this purpose, seems to be a little less arbitrary than
>methods previously suggested.
>
>It is only five hours to dawn, which is the natural deadline to get these
>results in (there are a lot of other tasks awaiting NT attention). To push
>things along a little, I will take on a second chapter of Mark. Here are the
>results. Pericope numbers are consecutive with those in Mk1.
>
>10 (2:1-12) The Healing of a Paralytic. 23.75
>11 (2:13-17) The Calling of Levi. 13.3
>12 (2:18-22) The Question About Fasting. 14.75
>13 (2:23-28) Plucking Grain on the Sabbath. 12.5

Thanks, Bruce, for these counts from Mark 2 & more from 3.
I was about to send off the results for Mark 1-2, but then Bruce's
results for Mark 3 arrived, so I'll incorporate the results from Mark 3, too.

>For graphing purposes, these numbers in arithmetical order are:
>
>12.5, 13.3, 14.75, 23.75...

For Mark 1-3 combined, we now have, by your counts,

3.25, 4.2, 6.2, 7.6, 8.9, 10.4, 11.5, 12, 12.2, 12.3,12.4, 12.5,
13.3, 14.75, 15.4, 15.6, 20.7, 23.75

The 2.8 gap between 7.6 and 10.4 is filling in, and the gap between
12.4 and 15.4 is filled in. But there are new large gaps above 15.6.
For the time being, I'll group the two top values together, even
though there's a gap of more than 3.0 between them. Except at the
high end, the gaps are smaller, and are being pushed to the margins.
At the small end, there is a gap of 2 between 4.2 and 6.2. So, to
review, we have
Short: 3.25, 4.2 (2 pericopes)
Medium: 6.2, 7.6, 8.9, 10.4, 11.5, 12, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5, 13.3,
14.75,15.4, 15.6 (14 pericopes)
Long: 20.7, 23.75 (2 pericopes)

We now see a median between 12.2 and 12.3, which is close to the
middle of the Medium-length pericopes. There are 5 values between 12
and 12.5, so this cluster can be regarded as the Mode. I haven't
calculated the mean yet, but it looks like we have a much more normal
distribution, with short and long outliers. But Bruce has already
identified a set of long pericopes that are even longer, so 23.75
will probably not be an outlier after all.

If we could get this translated into number of codex pages per