9882Re: [GTh] Listing the "Twins"
- May 2, 2011My recent work on multi-saying words has sometimes yielded unexpected results.While working on the Coptic word-pair ouNte and mNte ('have' and 'have not')Friday, I came across two short sayings (L41 and L70) in which these words occurthree times each. Consulting the notes I had written in my copy of The Fifth Gospel,I saw that I had written above L41 "see 70?", and a similar note above L70. Becauseof the question marks, I hadn't included 41 & 70 in my initial list of pairs, but nowI think it's clear that these do constitute a pair, so I've added them atInterestingly, L41 has 'have' twice and 'have not' once, while L70 has 'have' onceand 'have not' twice. Both sayings have roughly the same structure and the sametheme (if you have something, it'll be good for you, if not, it won't). FWIW, thetotal number of letters in the two sayings is 180 (73+107).I should also say that I now agree with Plisch and Ian Brown that there is a definiteconnection between L104 ("when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber", etc)and the L6/14 halves. Although the structures are different, the sharing of threerelatively infrequent words ('fast', 'pray', and 'sin') is too significant to ignore. ('Fast'and 'pray' do occur elsewhere, but only in one other saying each, while 'sin' occursonly in L14 and 104. Ref: http://www.gospel-thomas.net/htmfiles/fastpray.htm)Mike Grondin
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