I started to make this a private message, but it occurred to me that it could be
relevant for other readers on the web site.
Thanks to Wieland for making this all easily available! In his PDF transcription,
however, he has created a "ghost variant" at one point --
Near the end of Ex 4.1, he has read GAR OUK, but a closer look at the image shows
that it is actually the "standard" text of GAR OTI O[...]. the final IO (with the
right side of the O missing) does look like K, but other instances of K in the
fragment have an angled right stroke, not a rounded one. Similarly, the T does at
first look like Y (=U), but elsewhere in the fragment, the upsilon usually extends
below the line, and has a deep V top, which does not occur here.
Otherwise the transcription has little with which to argue. It is possible that
the starts of the next letter can be deciphered in some lines with some
confidence, and on one or two occasions that it might not be what is expected --
e.g. the unique SUN- variant in Ex 3.22 might continue with O or W rather than S
(although I have not suggestion for filling it out), and in the next to the last
line, it is difficult to make out what follows the AUTHN, but it is not very
rounded as an E should be.
As to the variations, Wevers' Goettingen text cites the following attestation for
the ECE (not APE) in 3.21 -- 64mg, 57'mg, 30'-85'mg x (I'm not exactly sure how
the "mg" designation works for combinations like 57' [=57+413] and 85' [=85+321]
-- I doubt that each member has the reading in its margin!), texts that usually
are in the "hexaplaric" and/or "catena" categories. And at the end of 3.22, SATE
is well attested, including in Vaticanus itself. So the fragment mostly supports
the "majority" text, with only a couple of surprises, like the SUN- in 3.22.
Anyhow, deep appreciation to Wieland. As soon as the CATSS textual variants has
encoded Exodus, we can add this material to the file!
Bob Kraft, UPenn
> As you probably know, the Gospel of Judas book find did not consist of the
> Gospel of Judas alone, but also of other books, including Exodus in Greek
> and Colossians in Coptic.
> Some of the Exodus fragments have now been published:
> "Seven papyrus fragments of a Greek manuscript of Exodus"
> Desilva, David A.; Adams, Marcus P.
> Vetus Testamentum 56 (2006) 143-170
> The full list of the Exodus leaves can be found here:
> It has been said that the manuscripts were found near the village of Beni
> Masar, about 8 km south of Oxyrhynchus.
> There is one other image online, which depicts a portion of Exodus not noted
> in the Vetus Testamentum article above:
> It shows a portion of Exo 3:21-4:3.
> I have made a rough transcription. Comments welcome:
> Best wishes
> Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany
> Textcritical commentary:
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Robert A. Kraft, Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania
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