Numerical aspects in GJ (was:oral..)
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From: Bill Bullin <bill.bullin@...>
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2004 1:48 PM
Subject: Re: [John_Lit] Re: Oral Tradition
As P. Hofrichter mentioned to you, Claus Schedl has
written some good books on these things.
I read parts of his 'Bauplaene des Wortes', very interesting
In Holland we have a theologian who is very much
into numbers in classical and NT writings:J. Smit Sibinga.
In one of the last issues of New Testament Studies or
Novum Testamentum there is an article from him
on numerical structures in a specific chapter of John.
I can recommend very much the doctoral dissertation of one
of his students, M.J.J. Mencken,
'Numerical literary techniques in John', Leiden, 1985.
It has (also) a very useful and elaborated introduction to the subject.
I think these things may even be helpful in order to establish
the original text of the NT (textual criticism).
From my own home town where I studied, Groningen (NL),
there is the work of Prof. Casper Labuschagne, who wrote a full
commentary on Deuteromy in the light of number structures.
On the basis of his studies he is now very much questioning
(actually: refuting!) the general OT- source(s) theories.
He is now retired. Some of his recent work you can find on
It may take some time before these things are more broadly
accepted. Everyone studies according to his likings. A friend
of mine, who was a student of Smit Sibinga, told me he had the
tendency to fall asleep during the exposition of all his NT
You may be a student, who gets more awake with the subject!
God is One
P.S. I agree with you that all this is > 'but steeped in
Jewish Higher Wisdom Mysticism', >.
When scrutinized, it is all there, and there is actually
nothing really mystical in or about it!