Correspondence with Marvin Meyer
- This is a report of my correspondence today with Prof.
Marvin Meyer of Chapman University. There were four
notes involved, and while I cannot quote from his messages,
because he didn't respond to my request for permission to
do so, I believe it wouldn't breach confidentiality to give the
gist of it in my own words, bearing in mind that this is my own
interpretation and he is not responsible for it. In my first note
this morning, I laid out the evidence I had gathered from the
Coptic CD last night, indicating that the Coptic RWME was used
for both of the Greek words ANTHROPOS and ANHR - the latter
of which was reserved for males. At the end of the note, I
pointedly asked him whether he could think of any reason to
suppose that this evidence wasn't decisive (as against his
"Anthropos Principle" that RWME corresponded to, or was
synonymous with, ANTHROPOS alone). His response was
short and somewhat dismissive, but in essence, he sidestepped
the question and thus implicitly admitted (one would not expect
him to say so) that the Anthropos Principle was unsound.
There were two other notes (I don't expect any more), because
he had asked me why I was so deeply concerned about this matter.
I replied that I had found it odd that some Thomas translations
didn't contain the word 'man' at all, and others hardly at all, and
was curious why this was so (given the 35 occurrences of RWME).
I further stated that I found it bothersome that the decision to
eliminate 'man' was based on an unsound justification. His response
was again short (I'm beginning to think that most of his email is like
that, maybe especially with nobodies like me), but somewhat friendlier -
even to the point of his including me with himself as among folks
who were trying to provide an accurate understanding of the texts. (!)
Well, that's about it. I expect to at least post a short essay to my
website within a few days. I'm thinking of calling it "The Anthropos
Principle: How Some Thomas Translators Went Wrong". I'm sure
neither Meyer nor Patterson will ever hear of it, since hardly anybody
reads these things anyway, but I would like to get it off my chest so
I can move on to something else.