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strokes above 'hal'

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  • cdkskyk
    In logion 64 and 65, does strokes above the hal have any meaning?
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 15, 2010
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      In logion 64 and 65, does strokes above the 'hal' have any meaning?
    • Michael Grondin
      ... The stroke actually covers the entire word (hemhal), which of course means servant , and occurs nowhere else than in L64 and L65. It s not entirely clear
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 15, 2010
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        > In logion 64 and 65, does strokes above the 'hal' have any meaning?

        The stroke actually covers the entire word (hemhal), which of course
        means 'servant', and occurs nowhere else than in L64 and L65. It's
        not entirely clear what the overstroke signifies. Overstroking is one of
        the signs of a nomen sacrum, but 'hemhal' lacks the other sign, which
        is abbreviation. This may be contrasted with another case, namely the
        abbreviation of 'stauros' (cross) in L55, which isn't overstroked, though
        normally as a nomen sacrum it would be. My guess is that either the
        scribe or the originators of the Coptic text thought of themselves as
        servants (of Jesus, presumably) and of the role of such a servant
        as highly elevated. Such a notion is evident also in canonical writings,
        e.g., Romans ("Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus...") and the epistle of
        James ("James, a servant of God and [the] Lord Jesus Christ...")

        Mike Grondin
        (p.s., unsigned messages are normally not acceptable.)
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