I was recently reading the new book 'Thomas' by Risto Uro.
It refers briefly to a claim by Robinson & Heil in ZNW 89 30 -44
and ZNW 92 113-122 about the text of the Greek papyrus parallel
to Thomas 36. (Oxyrhynchus 655)
The passage reads 'Much better are you than lilies which neither
card or spin' OU XAINEI (do not card) is clearly related to
AUXANOUSIN (grow) in most manuscipts of Matthew 7 28 and/or
AUXANEI in most manuscripts of Lke 12 47.
Robinsom & Heil argue that this is the original reading which had
been corrupted to 'grow' in the Q text underlying Matthew and Luke.
And hence evidence that Thomas contains readings more primitive
than those found in Q
They may be right that 'do not card'' is the original reading but
'grow' is not necessarily original to Matthew the first hand of Codex
Sinaiticus reads OU XAINOUSIN, and this is quite possibly original
although replaced in almost all manuscripts.
IMHO this may be a case where Thomas helps us discover the
original text of the canonical gospels rather than a more primitive
text underlying them.
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