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Re: Thomas 36 Greek papyri variant reading

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  • Wieland Willker
    Textcritically it is against all experience, that the more smooth, harmonized to context reading vanishes completely and the unusual, non-harmonistic reading
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 6, 2004
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      Textcritically it is against all experience, that the more smooth,
      harmonized to context reading vanishes completely and the unusual,
      non-harmonistic reading wins out. I think the unusualness of the
      Matthean form is a strong argument for its originality (in the
      Gospel). If it is also the starting point of the saying itself in the
      tradition is a completely different question. Possibly it was a well
      known oral saying, existing in different forms. In that case it would
      be even likely that Thomas and 01* arose independently.

      A related example of similar sounding words is the case of KAMILON /
      KAMHLON in Mt 19:24 and parallels. Here KAMILON makes good sense,
      too.

      Best wishes
      Wieland
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