New Working Documents Now Available
- I have uploaded to my site three working documents that may be of interest
to members. They aren't linked to my main page (yet), but can be accessed
with the following URL's:
The first is a new format for my page-by-page presentation. By reducing
font-size and eliminating the corrections line above the Coptic, it's now
possible to print the interlinear on a truly page-by-page basis. That whole
file, then, is 20 pages, as is GThom. I have added the number of characters
on each line to the right of that line (since that is turning out to be of
some importance), with splits indicated by n+m notation. Also, I've included
the end of the Apocryphon of John, as it occurs on the first page of Thomas.
The 3-4 major lacunae are still up for grabs, so any fill-ins I've done
there should be taken with a grain of salt. The spacing of words is not yet
near as nice as I would like it to be - and as I intend it to be later on -
but it seems best to give out what I have now, rather than to wait for
refinement - which could be a considerable delay.
Lmap is a one-page spreadsheet mapping of line-numbers (1-668) against the
page-structure of Thomas (pages 32-51 of Codex II). Smap is a similar map,
but of sayings-numbers instead of line-numbers (asterisks indicate where the
end of one saying occurs on the same line as the beginning of the next).
Blocks are underlined on both maps, and segments are marked out. Anyone
who's interested in the ideas I've been expressing lately, may want to take
a look at these maps to see what it is that I think is evident there. It's
rather like looking down on the world - a world at this point part-chaotic
and part-well-formed. From the "beginning of the world", the text tells us
to gird our loins with great strength - and the number 100 is clearly a
number of great strength in solving the puzzle - as is the number 50 (which
is about the number of letters in two average lines).
The Coptic Gospel of Thomas, saying-by-saying