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  • Wieland Willker
    A new article on what is perhaps the single most important textual variant in the Gospels: J.A. Whitlark and M.C. Parsons The Seven Last Words: A Numerical
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      A new article on what is perhaps the single most important textual variant in the Gospels:

      J.A. Whitlark and M.C. Parsons
      "The 'Seven' Last Words: A Numerical Motivation for the Insertion of Luke 23:34a."
      NTS 52 (2006) 188-204

      Whitlark and Parsons point out that WITH these words, the number of sayings spoken by Jesus from the cross is now Seven. Seven is a symbol for completeness. When the four Gospels were collected into a single collection, it was realized that one saying was 'missing' to make up a complete seven. This lead to the addition of the saying from some "floating tradition".
      Interesting new idea.
      Perhaps it was Tatian, our first witness to the saying, who originally added the words?


      Best wishes
      Wieland
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