[Synoptic-L] American size printer-paper
- Thomas R. W. Longstaff wrote --
>I think you are missing the kindly warning given to the List by one of
>We seem to be having a lot of discussion about paper size (hardly a
>critical topic for synoptic research)...
>It seems to me that one needs only to select the size paper that is
>loaded in the printer, reset the margins (an optional step), and
>print. I wonder why what seems so basic has generated so much
>discussion. Am I missing something?
its Moderators on 23 July 1999, to the effect that attempts to print my
Finland talk in its original A4 page setting onto American size paper
did not work --
People should be aware that Brian recently updated his web site
with his paper presented at the 1999 SBL International Meeting
in Finland. It is formatted for A4 size, not 8.5x11, paper,
so Americans please beware.
I have also received non-List pleas from people in the USA to re-format
the material so that it could be printed directly onto standard American
size paper. For instance the following sent to me on 22 Sept 1999 -
You have interesting-sounding docs. at your web site, but the paper
specs (A4 I think) can't print on the U.S. standard 8 1/2 by 11. If you
could format a 2nd version without too much trouble, it would make
your papers more widely available. Thanks, and best regards,
If these were mis-guided requests, then I have wasted not only a lot of
my time editing the many complex columns of the pages to no purpose, but
also that of a senior soft-ware engineer in Cambridge, UK, who reads
Synoptic-L with considerable understanding, and gave his time willingly
to process my files to fit them onto my home-page, supposing he was
doing a sensible piece of work.
E-mail; brian@... HOMEPAGE www.twonh.demon.co.uk
Rev B.E.Wilson,10 York Close,Godmanchester,Huntingdon,Cambs,PE29 2EB,UK
> "What can be said at all can be said clearly; and whereof one cannot_
> speak thereof one must be silent." Ludwig Wittgenstein, "Tractatus".
- Prof. Longstaff wrote: "We seem to be having a lot of discussion about
paper size (hardly a critical topic for synoptic research). Truth to tell,
the world has a certain diversity and not everyone uses exactly the same
I had thought that someone would apply the diverse paper sizes to the
synoptic problem before long. But now I can't resist.
We know from Pliny [Nat. Hist. xiii.74-80] that papyrus sheets came in
different sizes: the best quality was the widest (13 digits for "Augustan",
lengthened under Claudius to a foot) and the lowest quality was the
narrowest (6 digits for "emporitic"). We might surmise that Luke would have
used a higher quality, and therefore wider papyrus than Mark (perhaps even
that Matthew used a medium width). It is not therefore the length of the
papyrus roll* that is crucial (even though this is often commented upon),
but the width: Luke with the widest roll* has the fullest narrative, while
Mark with the narrowest has the shortest narrative.
*roll: if it was a codex it would not change the already dubious argument.
Dr. Peter M. Head
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