RE: [Synoptic-L] Early interpolations
- Jeff, I would like to ask what you consider to be "MS evidence" of an interpolation. The reason I ask is because I don't
see that anyone can even suggest an interpolation with seeing some kind of "MS evidence [that] puts the text in
question." In particular, in the case of Mk 16:9ff I would say that the undisputable fact that we see multiple different
endings in the mss is one of the best examples of "MS evidence [putting] the text in question." Given we have
disagreements in multiple mss regarding the ending of Mk, perhaps you could explain how you consider there to be "no MS
Also, I see that you use the term "the received text," so please could I ask you to make it clear what you personally
mean when you use this term.
David Inglis, Lafayette, CA, 94549, USA
P.S. I took "the exegete" to mean anyone who tries to understand the text.
From: Synoptic@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Synoptic@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jeff Peterson
Sent: Saturday, September 03, 2011 10:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Synoptic-L] Early interpolations
Put more precisely: every proposed interpolation I've had occasion to investigate where no MS evidence puts the text in
question (e.g., Mark 16:9ff; John 7:53-8:11; Acts 8:37) indicates a failure to appreciate what's going on in the
received text. (Every clause of the NT is potentially an interpolation, hence the "so far!" qualification.)
- Out of curiosity I tried this search on Google Books
interpolation OR interpolated OR interpolate
subject:"Gospels" or "New Testament
I got about 10 hits - far fewer than I expected. On looking at
these (where that was possible) I noted a considerable variety
of usage. One or other of the terms is used (in the books located)
in relation to Mat.27.16; Mk.1.2; Lk 9-18; Jn 1.6-8 & 15; 3.22-30;
Jn 19.35, 21.24; Rom 15-16;1 Cor.1.2-16;Josephus Apion Bk.2,or the
Gospel of Nicodemus
Some are "editorial" interpolations, some are interpolations with
textual evidence, but I think one or two may be neither of these.
As it would seem that writers of the available books don't use the term
much I then turned to the ATLA database of journal articles
with a similar search for
"interpolation OR interpolated OR interpolate" (in full text) AND
subject:"Gospels" Date 1950-2011
This got 44 hits from a shorter span of time, most of them from items
available in pdf, but not showing where the hits are, or what they include.
(To check these one would need to do a lot of downloads and pdf searches.)
Tentative conclusion: it would seem that articles use the term more
than books do, but the snippet results from Google Books provide a
handy list of varied examples from the NT of three different types of
David Mealand, University of Edinburgh
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