Re: [GTh] Consistency and Accretion in Thomas
- [Bruce:]> How long, for comparison, is the Book of Obadiah? Or Haggai?It's hard to tell, but Haggai appears to be about twice as long as L1-12.Obadiah also appears to be longer, though by how much is hard to say.But Obadiah is a prophetic proclamation which has a compositional unitynot apparent in L1-12. At the end of Obadiah, I would suggest that onedoesn't find oneself asking "Is that all there is?" In any case, if that's thesole example of a short biblical text, your suggestion remains unlikely.[Bruce:]
or how long.> I dont think we are in a position to tell the ancients how to write,Really, this remark is irrelevant, beneath you, and best forgotten.[Bruce:]
that a first> A chapter of course can be any size. But I should think it unlikely
its second> chapter of a work written simultaneously would immediately begin
Thomas), and> chapter by switching to a different sponsoring figure (James >
head> then compound the shift by placing another Thomas piece up top, at the
reconsideration.> of the whole work. That looks to me not like a continuation, but aOn the other hand, the Prologue and L13 may be taken as framing for a segment.(Thinking in terms of "chapters" doesn't strike me as supported by the content.)Mike G.