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  • Ken Olson
    Sorry, that last message was intended to go elsewhere. My apologies, Ken Ken Olson PhD Student Duke University ... [Non-text portions of this message have been
    Message 1 of 5 , Sep 17, 2011
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      Sorry, that last message was intended to go elsewhere.

      My apologies,

      Ken

      Ken Olson
      PhD Student
      Duke University

      > To: synoptic@yahoogroups.com
      > From: kenolson101@...
      > Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 10:29:40 -0400
      > Subject: RE: [Synoptic-L] Title sheets/pages in early MSS
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      > That's a sad kitten. The lighting and color is a little off in the picture though.
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      > To: Synoptic@yahoogroups.com
      > From: ron-price@...
      > Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:14:45 +0100
      > Subject: Re: [Synoptic-L] Title sheets/pages in early MSS
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      > On 15/09/2011 17:58, "David Inglis" <davidinglis2@...> wrote:
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      > > In P46 the front inner side of the outermost sheet was numbered "1" (based on
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      > > counting back from the extant page numbers, and from counting how many pages
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      > > would have been required for the non-extant portions of Romans). It therefore
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      > > seems likely that the outer side of that sheet carred a title of some kind.
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      > Thanks, David.
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      > It seems likely that when Paul's letters were first produced as a written
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      > collection, it would have been in the form of a codex. My investigations
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      > that the impetus for change probably came about primarily because of the
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      > popularity of the codex format used for the gospels of Mark, Matthew and
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      > My interest in title sheets/pages arose through a consideration of the
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      > number of pages apparently chosen for the larger codices. Thus Mark had 40,
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      > Luke had 60 in the first 'edition', and Acts had 80. The choice of such nice
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      > round numbers was made possible because there were available (according to
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      > Pliny) a variety of sheet sizes. Hence using a number of pages which was a
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      > nice round number did not appear to imply any significant additional
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      > It was therefore somewhat intriguing when I found that the archetypes of
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      > both Matthew and Revelation were apparently each codices of 76 pages, i.e.
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      > 19 sheets. Why such strange numbers, especially as Pliny had mentioned that
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      > the rolls usually sold were made up from 20 sheets? Then I found that there
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      > is some evidence that the codex behind the Matthew fragment P1 may have had
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      > a cover sheet, and that the Matthew portion of P1/P64/67 may have had a
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      > title sheet. This suggests that the archetype of Matthew may have been a
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      > codex of 20 sheets, with the outer sheet containing a title.
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      > Similarly, the archetype of Hebrews was written on 19 pages. Now the Hebrews
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      > fragment P114 may have had a title "page", a possibility also mentioned by
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      > Peter Head. So perhaps the archetype had been on a 20-page codex with the
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      > first page used for a title ?!
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      > Ron Price,
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