damaged papyrus codices
- Brian Wilson wrote -
>I would go along with the hypothesis that all of the synoptic gospelsJim West comments -
>were originally written on codices, and that the last page of Mark may
>have fallen off. (The end of a roll would not be likely to be damaged
>in the same way, because the end of a roll would be protected by the
>rest coiled around it.) All extant papyrus manuscripts of the synoptic
>gospels were written on codices.
>Brian Wilson replies -
>Such "oops I lost a page" theories are the scholarly equivalent of the dry
>heaves, aren't they?
Not really, Jim. We are talking about papyri. Do you know of any
papyrus codex of any canonical gospel in Greek that still has the last
page of the codex? Scholars of text criticism around the world would be
thrilled to hear the details from you if you know of such a manuscript!
"Oops I lost a page" is based on very scholarly observation of the
facts, I would suggest.
Incidentally, the hypothesis was put forward by C. H. Roberts who was a
fellow of the British Academy and a world-famous scholar of the origin
of the codex book. (C. H. Roberts, 'Proceedings of the British Academy
40' - 1954 - pages 168-204, page 190.)
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