On March 12 Wieland Willker wrote:
> My initial mail was too short
and misleading. What I meant with the
> "majority of variants" were the
variants unique to D. Quite a difference. :-)
Thank you for the clarification. I think it is perfectly reasonable
to take the position that D (Bezae) is not a true representative of the Western
> > From: David Inglis [mailto:david@c...]
> > Sent:
Saturday, March 09, 2002 9:05 PM
> > 1) If a late 2nd century
harmonizer created the majority of the variants in
> > D, how
could these same variants have been known to Polycarp and
> > the first half of the 2nd century?
Well, how many and what variants are known from Polycarp and Marcion?
Good point. We don't know, for example, what 'Western' variants
Marcion may have known of in Acts (assuming he knew Acts). Do we know
whether the variants in Marcions text match those in any other known Western
MSS? For example, is Marcion closer to the Old Latin than D? I
haven't ever seen an analysis of this sort.
> > 2) I don't understand your comment about
Acts. I don't see why someone who
> > felt free to add 10%
more text to Acts would not feel free to do the same to
> > the
Gospels, whatever sources he had available.
> First, he did add
in the Gospels. He added much extra stuff. It is just that
> overall he
omitted more in the Gospels than he omitted in Acts. I don't know
exactly why this is so, but as I wrote: "in Acts he had nothing to
> it with, he could work more freely without particular reasons
Is it in fact only in D that Acts is so much longer, or is it true
that it is so in ALL Western MSS? In other words, do the MSS show a
gradual lengthening of Acts over time, or is it ONLY D that has this form
> I do not want to argue on an identity of scribes. It is certainly
> that Acts has been created by someone else. It is just, that
> compare Acts and the Gospels in this way. In the Gospels you
> for an omission: harmonization and/or theological problems.
You don't have
> these reasons in Acts (at least not to that
> You might want to know that David Parker argued on
> that Acts came from a different source.
Thank you for this. Does he mean Acts as found in D only, or the
Western form of Acts in general?
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