Re: [textualcriticism] P75 Jn 14.14 "ask me" or "ask" [1 Attachment]
Much thanks. While I do not have the actual manuscript, just this image, it seems that the required amount of letters that are missing, would fill that gap. It seems, even if you left "me" με out, you would be short. From what you have below, there are twelve letters missing.
Comforts The Text of the Earliest New Testament Manuscripts shows it like this:
εν τω υιω 14 εαν τι αιτ[ησητ]ε [με εν τω ο]ν̣ομα
τι μου τουτο ποιησ[ω] 15 [εαν] [αγαπατε] μ̣ε τας
It would seem that he is suggesting the the epsilon in "you ask" αιτ[ησητ]ε is there. Is it possible that that little tip about a quarter of the way through the gap has enough of an epsilon to claim its presence? Or did it have it at one time?
"As we studied these manuscripts and photographs, we always compared our work with that found in the editio princeps (noted with an asterisk * in the bibliography for each manuscript) and other published transcriptions. In the process of doing this work, we often trusted the judgment of the original editors with respect to their readings of broken letters along the margins of manuscripts inasmuch as manuscripts often break off along the edges in the process of handling them or mounting them. Thus, a manuscript in its present condition may not preserve the lettering the first editors saw. Our transcriptions, therefore, should reflect the most pristine condition of the text and not the condition of the text as it presently stands in storage. A photograph taken soon after the time of discovery usually provides documentation of the most pristine form. Often when this photograph is compared to a manuscript in its present “museum” form, it is manifest that certain fragments of the manuscript have been lost over time."
Philip Wesley Comfort and David P. Barrett, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts, A corrected, enlarged ed. of The complete text of the earliest New Testament manuscripts (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 2001), 19.
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