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Aramaic John 1:1-10

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  • Yuri Kuchinsky
    Greetings, all, Here s the opening of John as found in the Old Syriac Aramaic Curetonian MS of the gospel. This is F. C. Burkitt s 1904 translation of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2003
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      Greetings, all,

      Here's the opening of John as found in the Old Syriac Aramaic Curetonian
      MS of the gospel. This is F. C. Burkitt's 1904 translation of the
      Curetonian MS.

      (John 1:1 Old Syriac Curetonian MS) In the beginning He was the Word; and
      He, the Word, was with God; and He, the Word, was God.
      2 This same was in the beginning with God;
      3 Everything came to pass in Him, and apart from Him not even one thing
      came to pass.
      4 Now life is that which came to pass in Him, and life is the light of
      5 and He, the light, in the darkness was shining, and the darkness
      apprehended it not.

      6 There was a man that was sent from God -- his name was John.
      7 This same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, and
      that everyone might believe through him;
      8 he was not the light, but a witness of the light.
      9 Now He is the light of truth, that shineth for every man that hath come
      into the world.
      10 In the world He was, and the world itself was in Him, and the world
      knew Him not.

      (Burkitt, F. Crawford, ed., 1904. Evangelion da-Mepharreshe: The
      Curetonian Version of the Four Gospels, with the Readings of the Sinai
      Palimpsest and the Early Syriac Patristic Evidence. 2 volumes. Cambridge:
      Cambridge University Press)

      So I hope this can add to the discussion of a Proposed Re-construction of
      a Postulated Hymn-like Composition to the Word. After all, quite a few
      eminent textual scholars argued that the Old Syriac gospels preserve a
      text that is more original than the standard Alexandrian and Byzantine

      All the best,


      Baqqesh shalom veradphehu -- Seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:15)

      Yuri Kuchinsky -- http://www.trends.ca/~yuku/bbl/bbl.htm -- Toronto
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