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Sep
22
comment Is the ending of the Gospel of Mark (16:9-20) original?
@McGafter: I looked through parts of Burgon's book, and must admit that I found it old-fashioned, out-of-date, and unconvincing. That said, I do think the LEM is something on which reasonable people can disagree! We know that both versions certainly date to the 2nd century at the latest! Furthermore, there are modern scholars who argue for the authenticity of the LEM today (e.g. Maurice Robinson), so there's no need to use arguments that are 140 years out of date.
Sep
22
comment Is the ending of the Gospel of Mark (16:9-20) original?
Also there's a big problem is his discussion of Ephesians 1:1, where P46 (written around 200 but not discovered until 1930s) agrees with B and א. More generally, Burgon thinks that the high esteem in which B and א were held at his time was likely to decline, and this prediction has proven wrong over the last century as early Papyri have typically confirmed the value of B and א.
Sep
22
comment Is the ending of the Gospel of Mark (16:9-20) original?
Similarly, his discussion of the Sahidic versions is missing two ancient Sahidic documents which do not have the long ending.
Sep
22
comment Is the ending of the Gospel of Mark (16:9-20) original?
For example, the Syriac Sinaiticus (a 4th century Syriac text of the gospels) which also does not contain the long ending was not discovered until 1892.
Sep
7
comment How do the traditions of the LXX and MT versions of Jeremiah relate?
Here's another nice paper.
Sep
7
comment How do the traditions of the LXX and MT versions of Jeremiah relate?
I was not talking about 2QJer which that quote refers to (and is mostly proto-MT with some proto-LXX influence), but rather 4QJerb and 4QJerd which are strongly LXX. The Dead Sea Scrolls aren't a single text, and in Jeremiah contains some fragments from each tradition. Thus the DSS shows that there were substantially different versions of Jeremiah circulating in Hebrew, though it doesn't tell you which one was older.
Sep
7
comment How do the traditions of the LXX and MT versions of Jeremiah relate?
I don't think the DSS proto-LXX fragments contain that chapter (I think it's 9:22-10:21 and 43:2-10 that we have).
Sep
7
comment How do the traditions of the LXX and MT versions of Jeremiah relate?
For Jeremiah the Dead Sea scrolls contain Hebrew texts in the LXX tradition. So we can be pretty confident that the LXX translators were working off an actually different Hebrew text than the MT and can work out to what extent translator error played a role.
Sep
2
comment What is the original Greek translation of John 1:1?
Greek was written in all-caps (Uncial script) until the 9th century.
Jul
6
comment What sort of “slave” is Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians 7:21-23?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_ancient_Rome
Jun
13
comment Details on “Western Unical D”?
Thanks for the images! As explained in the introduction (see the footnote) this reconstruction is formed by comparing Eusebius's and Agapius's stories to the extant versions (the canonical one, the version in the Didascalia, and the version in Didymus) to speculatively reconstruct a best guess for the version that Papias may have known. It's pretty speculative though, and there's certainly no way to know the actual words that Papias used even if this reconstruction is roughly right.
Jun
12
comment Details on “Western Unical D”?
Ah, presumably you meant the Agapius quotation from 941 listed here. It's not listed many other places, because a scholars seem skeptical that Agapius actually had a copy of Papias and isn't just elaborating on Eusebius. But at least now I know what fragment you're talking about.
Jun
12
comment Details on “Western Unical D”?
I can't seem to find the fragment you are referring to at either of the lists of Papias fragments here.
Jun
12
comment Details on “Western Unical D”?
I can't, Amazon isn't letting me see Page 741 (or anything else between page 739 and 744). Any chance you could edit your answer to include the quotation you're referring to?
Jun
12
comment Details on “Western Unical D”?
Could you clarify what you mean by "almost cited verbatim"? I thought the fragment of Papias (as quoted by Eusebias) was very brief and contains no actual quotations of the PA: "Papias also put forth another history concerning a woman accused of many sins before the Lord; and this history is contained in the Gospel according to the Hebrews." There's no way we can determine from that whether Papias's version of the story closely agreed with the one in Bezae.
Jun
8
comment Why does Jesus heal the blind man twice?
Only 3 percent of Mark was used by neither Matthew nor Luke, and this pericope is part of that. So people have been asking your question since the 1st century. Which is to say, it's a good question but also very difficult.
Jun
6
comment Explanation of Chronological Disparities between St. John and the Synoptic Gospels Concerning Jesus' Passion
I'm not sure I understand what you're saying in reference to Mk 14:12. It seems to me like you're saying that "On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed" is referring to a time the evening before the Passover lambs are sacrificed? Is that right?
Jun
6
comment Explanation of Chronological Disparities between St. John and the Synoptic Gospels Concerning Jesus' Passion
The chronology of Matthew is somewhat unclear. Your argument would be stronger if you used Mark or Luke instead.
Apr
28
comment Where does the Tanakh differ from the Christian Old Testament?
I agree with @FrankLuke that point 4 isn't phrased exactly right, but am not sure if his suggestion gets at the point you're trying to make. Maybe something like: "The Jewish Tanakh follows the Masoretic textual tradition, while some Christian groups follow ancient translations based on other textual traditions (Septuagint, Peshitta, Vulgate, etc.) or combine readings from different textual traditions."
Apr
28
comment Why did the Masoretes take away 100 (or 50) years from the age of the fathers at their first sons' dates of birth?
I can't seem to find anything written about what the Dead Sea Scrolls have for these chronologies. Can anyone else?