Re: [GTh] The triple rhyme in L 74
- --- In email@example.com, "Michael Grondin" <mwgrondin@...>
wrote:> Now it seems that L73-75 form a triad, joined by 'p-joeis'
('Lord', 73-74) and 'ouen-hah' ('there are many', 74-75).
Thematically, also, they seem to be much closer to each other than to
the surrounding sayings L.72 or L.76.
The parallels at Mt 9:37-38 and Lk 10:2 for L 73 also support your
idea. The Coptic NA$W (L 73 "plentiful") and 2A2 (LL 74,75 "many") are
the same in Greek (POLUS, Strong's 4183, "many"), as in the Greek
texts the plural ("many") is the same word as the superlative
("greater"). So in the Greek precursor to Coptic Thomas, LL 73,74,75
would likely have been a triad linked by the catchword POLUS.
For the Greek catchwords, Patterson has KURIOS for 73-74 and POLLOI
for 74-75 (1993: The Gospel of Thomas and Jesus. Polebridge Press, pp.
100-101). However if POLUS were indeed the Greek catchword for all
three logia, it would add further support to Patterson's argument
(contra Schrage) that Coptic Thomas does not derive from the Coptic
New Testament (pp. 56-57).