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comment Date of appearance of the New Testament in Syriac (Peshitta)
digging a bit deeper I see the Wikipedia article has been updated
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comment Date of appearance of the New Testament in Syriac (Peshitta)
Hi Grzegorz, I can't find support in your Wikipedia link for a 4th century carbon-dating, do you have another source for that?
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comment Does Titus 2:13 refer to one person or two?
@majnemɪzdæn the date seems to be controversial, but this answer at least seems to support Joseph's choice of words.
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comment Does Titus 2:13 refer to one person or two?
Useful and interesting as usual Joseph, thanks.
Oct
24
comment What is the new covenant made with Jews/Israel in Jeremiah 31:31
@ScottS at least three of the five questions (and perhaps all five) could be separate questions in their own right - and they are independent enough that there seems no need to bundle them into one question even if they all arise from the same verse. What advantage do you see in having all the questions rolled into one here?
Oct
24
reviewed Reviewed Meaning of στοιχεῖον (stoicheion)
Oct
24
comment Meaning of στοιχεῖον (stoicheion)
This looks like it might be interesting but is very hard to follow because of the lack of formatting. Can you add some structure like paragraphs, headings, conclusion etc as appropriate?
Oct
20
comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
I'm not sure which I prefer (and I've loved learning from all three answers here) - but I personally have accidents in the 'plausible' category, not just 'possible'. It's a big body of text, and other accidental scribal errors are well-know to have occurred (eg character substitution) - omission of a few words is probably less common, but not implausible for my money.
Oct
20
comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
If I'm understanding you correctly, you are saying that (for example) "A scribe sneezing, and resuming at the wrong spot, is of course possible", but that while possible, it is not plausible, is that right? If so, I guess that is a judgement call we'll all have to make for ourselves :)
Oct
20
comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
Yes, they are classes, but my point in referencing the list is merely that duplication and transposition are types of "addition" with implicit explanation, whereas there is no need to subdivide "omission" into types, because any omission is already plausible (and the kind like this that results in a verse that still makes sense is the kind that is most likely to survive subsequent copying).
Oct
20
comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
Useful additions (+1), but I'm not sure I follow your logic entirely. Wikipedia says "Most typos involve simple duplication, omission, transposition, or substitution of a small number of characters." and I'm inclined to think that any omission has a plausible explanation - eg the copyist just got distracted at the wrong moment. Isn't the burden of plausibility much heavier on additions? Hence duplication, transposition being in the Wikipedia list - both plausible mechanisms.
Oct
20
comment Omission of 'fasting' in Mark 9:29
If we judge a question by it's answers, this one is great. Three excellent answers already that don't agree but are fascinating and informative and all have my upvote.
Oct
19
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Oct
17
comment Which Greek NT passage has proven to have the most variant readings?
We might mean the same thing but I see a 'shopping' question as one lending itself to multiple answers rather than one desiring multiple answers, if that makes sense. Either way, your extensions to the question will, I think, make multiple answers very unlikely so I've rescinded my vtc. Hope you get a good answer :)
Oct
15
comment Which Greek NT passage has proven to have the most variant readings?
Please don't take this personally - I'm a big fan of your contributions here on BH, but I see this as a 'shopping' question and not well suited to the Q&A model here.
Oct
5
reviewed Leave Open What did Jesus likely say in John 8:58?
Oct
4
awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Explainer
Sep
28
reviewed Reviewed What is the meaning of the face-cloth rolled up in John 20:7?
Sep
28
reviewed Reviewed Is “Children of Israel” the only way to read Deuteronomy 32:8?