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“Seek and Find” by THREADS

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  • Paul Lanier
    Hi all, THREADS works very well for the Seek an Find set of sayings. Here is a summary. A complete report is in the process of being uploaded. Text
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 13, 2008
      Hi all,

      THREADS works very well for the "Seek an Find" set of sayings. Here is
      a summary. A complete report is in the process of being uploaded.

      Text Hypothetical Relationships Evolution Analysis of Distinct
      Subunits (THREADS), a method recently proposed for generating textual
      taxonomic dendrograms (trees that describe text relationships), was
      tested by applying it to nine parallel English texts of the "Seek and
      Find" sayings family. The resulting Relationships Unrooted Sayings
      Tree (RUST) is consistent with the evolution of this family from its
      most ancient member, Pro 8:17, along two branches. One branch leads
      from Pro 8:17 through the leaves GThom 92:1; GMatt 7:7; and GLuke
      11:9. The other branch leads from Pro 8:17 through GThom 94:1-2; GHeb
      4a (Strom. 2.9); GThom 2:1; POxy 654.5-9; and GHeb 4a (Strom. 2.9).
      The method appears completely valid for reconstructing the evolution
      of a sayings family.

      The unrooted tree for the nine parallel texts indicates the saying
      derived from Pro 8:17 and split into two branches, one leading to Luke
      11:9 and the other leading to GHeb 4a (Strom 2.9). This agrees with
      the conclusion of Patterson and others, that GThom 2:1 is independent
      of GMatt 7:7//GLuke 11:9. Moreover the placements of GThom 94 (at the
      beginning of the second branch) and GThom 92 (on the first branch)
      agree with Patterson's conclusion that the Thomas and Q versions of
      the saying cannot be "different stages on a single line of
      tradition-historical development" (SJ Patterson 1993: The Gospel of
      Thomas and Jesus. Polebridge Press, p. 19). The location of GMatt 7:7
      along the first branch, with GLuke 11:9 extending from it, agrees with
      both standard reconstruction of the Q text (Mack QS 27; Borg Q35a,
      equal to GMatt 7:7 here) as well as the Ferrar Hypothesis (GLuke 11:9
      depends on GMatt 7:7). Finally, the placement of the GThom 94:1 and
      GThom 92:1 leaves, closest to the Pro 8:17 leaf, indicates Thomas
      Logia 92 and 94 are the oldest New Testament versions of the saying
      and they depend on Pro 8:17, as suggested by Davies (S Davies 2002:
      The Gospel of Thomas Annotated & Explained. SkyLight Paths Publishing,
      pp. 114-115).

      When applied to a set of rigorously consistent English translations
      for nine parallel sayings in the "Seek and Find" family, THREADS
      generates a textual taxonomic dendrogram (or RUST) that agrees with
      majority expert opinions of relationships among those sayings. This
      suggests THREADS may be useful for confirming and extending the
      understanding of the historical evolution of parallel New Testament texts.

      Paul Lanier
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