Perrin catchwords and understanding Thomas
- We have recently been discussing Perrin's book "Thomas and Tatian",
and the impliocations of its ideas for the date and original language
of Thomas. If Perin is broadly right it might also have implications
for the interpretation of Thomas. I give two possible examples.
1 Perrin is able to link logion 41 with 43 jumping over 42
(Jesus said "be passers by"), using as catchwords a Syriac pun
between hand in 41 and love in 43. (The short saying 42 is assigned
no catchwords).This isn't one of his most convincing links but if
valid it could support those such as Baarda who regard 42 and 43
as one saying; taking "be passers by" as going back to a semitic
form "be Hebrews" and contrasting Hebrews in 42 with Jews in 43.
2 Some scholars regard Logion 114 as a late addition to Thomas,
however there are three catchwords connecting it to 113. One of them,
a pun between spread out in 113 and leave in 114 only works in Syriac.
This suggests that saying 114 is part of original Thomas.
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