- I'm looking the fragment of P52, and I wonder if P52 should perhaps be listed as P52vid

under Mt 18:33 variant "2-4" with 33. 1424 instead of with txt.

Here's what I see:

OI IOUDAI (ln. 1) to OUDENA (ln. 2) is 34 letters.

OUDENA (ln. 2) to PEN SHMAINW (ln. 3) is 34 letters.

PEN SHMAINW (ln. 3) to QNHSKEIN EIS (ln. 4) is 31 letters.

QNHSKEIN EIS (ln. 4) to RION O P (ln. 5) is either 30 or 35 letters (depending on variant).

RION O P (ln. 5) to ioudaIWn (ln. 6) is 31 letters.

So I see 34, 34, 31, ___, 31. What goes in the blank? 30 is close to surrounding 31 and 31,

but 35 is close to the first 34 and 34. With this kind of situation, isn't it best to leave the

variant undecided rather than to put words into the mouth of the earliest MS ever found?

Bai Jiansheng - At 01:22 PM 9/1/2004 +0000, Bai Jiansheng wrote:
>I'm looking the fragment of P52, and I wonder if P52 should perhaps be

I'm assuming John 18:33 is meant, as P52 does not (presently) have

>listed as P52vid under Mt 18:33 variant "2-4" with 33. 1424 instead

>of with txt.

any text of Matthew. I'm also assuming that the issue is whether

P52vid should be listed under txt, which includes PALIN, or under

variant 2-4, which lacks PALIN.

>Here's what I see:

Actually, the letter count for line 4 is 29 or 34, because the initial

>OI IOUDAI (ln. 1) to OUDENA (ln. 2) is 34 letters.

>OUDENA (ln. 2) to PEN SHMAINW (ln. 3) is 34 letters.

>PEN SHMAINW (ln. 3) to QNHSKEIN EIS (ln. 4) is 31 letters.

>QNHSKEIN EIS (ln. 4) to RION O P (ln. 5) is either 30 or 35 letters

>(depending on variant).

>RION O P (ln. 5) to ioudaIWn (ln. 6) is 31 letters.

>

>So I see 34, 34, 31, ___, 31. What goes in the blank? 30 is close to

>surrounding 31 and 31, but 35 is close to the first 34 and 34. With

>this kind of situation, isn't it best to leave the variant undecided

>rather than to put words into the mouth of the earliest MS ever found?

vowel of EISHLQEN is spelled with the a single iota: IS[HLQEN, making

the letter count less ambiguous than the calculations above would

indicate. Another factor to consider is that line 4 has five iotas, so

the line itself is a little shorter than what was computed above using

a fixed-width character assumption. As a result, the choice between

the two options is much more clear (e.g. 28.5 or 33.5) than what the

analysis above suggests. Moreover, the use of the notation "vid" in

the apparatus adequately informs the reader that the designation of

P52's support is based on inference.

Stephen Carlson

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