Re: [GTh] Re: Greek vs Coptic Thomas
> Here is one possible reconstruction of P.Oxy. 1 (Logion 28 ending):Hi Adrian,
> line 21 -earts and they do not see, yet I marvel at how
> line 1 this great wealth came to dwell in this poverty.
The test of this would be to see if the Greek would work out, but
I'm inclined to agree with Attridge et al that the bottom portion
of the page is missing. In fact, it appears to this untrained
eye that the page was torn. The bottom edge is rather jagged,
with extended fibers, unlike the edges I've seen which were
worn away by the normal processes of time. It was originally
part of a codex, BTW, so given its separation from the original
codex and its presence in a garbage dump, I think it's safe to
assume an ancient attempt to destroy. Tearing the page in half
would be a natural part of that. As to the appearance of the edge,
my guess is that when one tries to tear a piece of papyrus in half,
its overlapping fiber construction causes a jagged tear rather
than a clean one, but that's only an untrained guess, mind you.
Jack Kilmon could tell us, if he's still listening in.