RE: [GTh] Re: Using L
- Mike writes:
> [Andrew B]:There doesn't seem to be any agreement about abbreviations amongst Thomas
> > Please, for my sake, just stop using it.
> [the word 'logion' and its abbreviation 'L']
> Your objection seems to be well-founded, Andrew. Given that
> 'saying' is the
> word to be preferred, however, what abbreviation would you
> suggest? 'S'?
> 'Th'? (I've seen 'Thom', but that seems a bit too lengthy.)
scholars, even about the name of the text. I've seen GTh (like our list)
and GThos and GThom and even GThomas when talking about the whole gospel.
When referring to particular sayings, Patterson uses Thom followed by the
saying number (which is also used in Kloppenborg et al's "Q Thomas Reader" -
not surprising since Patterson is one of the "al"); deConick, Arnal and Uro
use Gos. Thom. again followed by the saying number but Arnal and deConick
also refer to logion/logia at times; Valantasis, Robinson and Koester use
Saying(s) followed by the number.
The first paper I picked up yesterday was by Gilles Quispel, who was using
l. (ie lowercase L fullstop) as an abbreviation for logion/logia, not line.
I haven't been able to find quickly where I saw L, and it is possible that I
actually adapted it myself from the lowercase L because the lowercase L is
not easy to distinguish from an uppercase "i." or the number one when you're
using a sans serif font as I do in my emails. :-) Because I have done all
my previous work in Christian canonicals, I am used to having the nice,
single letter abbreviation v for verse and vv for verses, so I just assumed
that the L thing was the widespread equivalent.
I am quite happy to use something else, but not really keen on having to
type Saying or Gos. Thom. all the time. Maybe I'm just lazy. :-)
"One can easily understand a child who is afraid of the dark. The real
tragedy of life is when grown men and women are afraid of the light." -
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