Re: [GTh] Re: Strata in Thomas: A proposed Reading of #88
> Randy Helzerman writes:As I see it, if you really want to attempt a "stratification" of Thomas, it
> >One of the few things we know for sure about
> >the Gospel of Thomas is that it was circulated
> >around by messengers (in the sense of "mailmen").
> How on earth do we *know* this? I see no evidence for it at all.
may have begun as an oral tradition, subsequently written down in a number
of lost Aramaic fragments, which were then assembled into the original Greek
version. It is perhaps possible (as I feel this is tentative) that places
in GThom where similar sayings are clustered together may have been some of
the splices between the fragments. ie, someone, reading from an Aramaic
fragment, may say, "Jesus said, 'blessed are the..." & someone else may say,
"yeah, he also said something similar in this fragmet I've got."
>I don't see mailmen as being "prophets", but I have to agree with Randy
> >It is very likely that the evolving Gospel of
> >Thomas was also circulated around by these
> >quasi-official "prophets" (who were after all
> >just "messengers from God).
> I see no evidence for this, either.
here--the thing did indeed need to be distributed somehow.
> >P. S. You pointed me to a article by Bill Anal--yeah, I saw it
> > and asked our librarian to get me a copy. Can't wait to
> > read it.
> One would have to be (anal, that is) to attempt a stratification of
> but good luck finding the article under this name. To the best of myor
> knowledge, no such unfortunate person is involved in Thomas scholarship,
> NT study at all. May the gods be praised.As someone who almost went to the National Spelling Bee, I'd have to say,
"Randy, use your word & grammar checkers a little more often".
> Bill (Arnal)Heroin, it's my wife & it's my life,
> William Arnal
> Department of Religion
> University of Manitoba
> "I wish that I was born a thousand years ago.
> I wish that I'd sailed the darkened seas
> on a great big clipper ship,
> going from this land here to that,
> in a sailor suit and cap."
> -- Lou Reed
Heroin, be the death of me.
--also Lou Reed, the same song, actually.
- Jim Bauer wrote:
>As someone who almost went to the National Spelling Bee, I'd have to >say,The problem is, when "Arnal" is encountered by most spell checkers, they
>"Randy, use your word & grammar checkers a little more often".
don't (naturally enough) recognize it, and give "anal" as the nearest
equivalent. This strikes me as divine justice of a sort.
>Heroin, it's my wife & it's my life,My very favourite song by Lou Reed, and possibly by anyone.
>Heroin, be the death of me.
>--also Lou Reed, the same song, actually.
Department of Religion
University of Manitoba
"I wish that I was born a thousand years ago.
I wish that I'd sailed the darkened seas
on a great big clipper ship,
going from this land here to that,
in a sailor suit and cap."
-- Lou Reed
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