Quirk in the Gospel of Peter
- Dear Wieland,Could the problem in "Gospel of Peter" 42 be a mark on the manuscript?Let's assume that the text = TO NAI. Then superimpose over that three short vertical lines -- the second one is smaller than the first one and the third one is smaller than the second one. Arrange them so as to make a triangle, like an abstract arrow pointed toward the right. The smallest vertical line covers the final stroke of the N. Could the three-line triangle be some mark accidentally made on the manuscript? Could the three-line triangle be a pen-testing mark that was on the page before the text was written? (If so, it seems strange that the scribe didn't work around it.) (Also, is there any way to see what's on the other side of the page?)Yours in Christ,Jim Snapp IIMinister, Wayne Church of ChristWayne, Ohio (USA)P.S. Thanks for the heads-up about the Study-to-Answer site. My name appears there because I wrote to the author, Tim Dunkin, informing him of several pieces of misinformation that appeared in a previous version of that page. I share his concern that some modern English Bible versions dilute some important passages, but I don't endorse his KJV-Only view. I suspect that a major reason why he is KJV-Only might be because the exclusive use of the KJV effectively creates an atmosphere of textual stability (however cloistered), and textual stability helps doctrinal stability.
> superimpose over that three short vertical linesJim, a very inventive suggestion.
Here is an image of the verso. The letters are visible quite well. But I
fear it doesn't help much.
I don't think, it is TO. There is nothing that resembles an O here.
That it is a simple TI is also questionable, because from the horizontal
bar of the T there is a stroke down. This is not the way the scribe
writes TI elsewhere.
A nice enigma.
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany