Th.27 provides an example of how knowledge of the numerical design of
Coptic Thomas would impact our analysis of it. We've talked before
the fact that Th.27 in the P.Oxy. fragments has 'Kingdom of God',
Coptic Thomas has simply 'Kingdom'. That much is probably
it's also the case that the P.Oxy. version has 'Jesus said' and CGTh
If called upon the explain this discrepancy, one might normally say that it
perhaps due to scribal fatigue, i.e., that the Coptic scribe was so tired
writing 'Jesus said' that he inadvertantly skipped over that on this one.
analyst, however, is aware of the fact that the number of Jesus
in the Coptic manuscript was limited to 105, a new explanation becomes
namely that there simply weren't enough Jesus name-tokens to cover every
and Th.27 is likely one that suffered as a result.