Re: [GTh] Logion # 68 - more
> Have you ever stopped to consider that the GoT found at NagHi Maurice: My understanding is that there were Jewish Christians
> Hammadi ... may have been a translation into Coptic made by a
> "missionary" from "afar" or such (say a Hebrew with a knowledge
> of isopsephia, a Greek with a knowledge of gematria or some
> other mystic scribe with a knowledge of the Coptic language ...) and
> that he or she might have done the translation rather than the Copts ???
in the monastery or monasteries near where the jar was hidden.
These are the "Copts" I have in mind when I use that term (perhaps
incorrectly), not necessarily native Egyptians, who would presumably
not have the requisite background, as you suggest. These Jewish
Christians might have been former missionaries, I suppose, but they
were probably at the monasteries for the purpose of taking refuge
from war or persecution occuring either in Alexandria (where there
was a large Jewish population) or elsewhere.
As to your questions on Mark, I'm not aware of any evidence
that Mark had anything to do with the Gospel of Thomas, and
so I work from the presumption that he didn't.
> My second curiosity is if you have ever been able to "fit" anNot exactly. The work I did recently on L100 ("Gimme What's Mine")
> acceptable isopsephia or gematria numerical value to a Thomas
> logion or sequence by removing existent wording in the GoT and
> replacing it with borrowed wording (on the same topic) from the
> apocrypha or agrapha such as the Clement of Alexandria reference
> to the wording of logion #68 discussed earlier ....
is the first of that nature that I've done. As you know, the transformation
of L100 involves the removal of some verbiage, which makes it agree
with other sources, but without adding anything to the text. I've looked
at L68, but am unable to see how it could be subjected to similar