Evangelical Textual Criticism

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Machine guns and P75

To find out what machine guns have to do with P75, and about how the latter may now be classed as a relic, see the Discovery Channel's reporting of the transfer of this Bodmer papyrus to the Vatican here. [Thanks to Dave Black for the reference.]

4 comments:

  1. "Fr. Donahoe...believes it is even possible the texts may have been copied from the original gospels."

    What evidence, if any, would one cite for or against the possibility of P75 being a first generation copy?

    Thanks.

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  2. maurice a robinson10:32 pm, March 07, 2007

    From the article:

    "He believes it is even possible the texts may have been copied from the original gospels."

    Now we have a quandary -- if p75 were copied from the autograph documents (both Lk and Jn together as "the" autographs of those gospels? Indeed, a miracle!), then p75 must reflect recensional activity, simply because it does not agree with the types of text found throughout those portions of Washingtonianus (claimed by the exhibitor at ETS to be the actual autograph).

    Also from the article:

    "Cardinal Tauran invited the pope to 'come in person to the library to meditate, if I may say so, in front of that which can be considered a true relic, given that the church has always venerated the divine Scriptures.'"

    Will the elevation of p75 into a "true relic" of the Roman Catholic Church eventually lead to miraculous claims of healing merely by gazing upon its pages? Maybe the transfer of p75 to the Vatican was not such a good idea after all?

    [Sarcasm mode now off].

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  3. "Cardinal Tauran invited the pope to 'come in person to the library to meditate, if I may say so, in front of that which can be considered a true relic, given that the church has always venerated the divine Scriptures.'"

    Will the elevation of p75 into a "true relic" of the Roman Catholic Church eventually lead to miraculous claims of healing merely by gazing upon its pages? Maybe the transfer of p75 to the Vatican was not such a good idea after all?


    Thank you very much for posting this, because by doing so you have saved me the trouble of bothering to read the rest of this blog. I don't care how knowledgeable or informed about the issue of Biblical textual criticism you might be, I have no interest in reading arrogant, ignorant and bigoted Catholic bashing type remarks. You just can't let an opportunity to bash Catholics pass you by can you? Well, you just lost yourself a reader. Have a nice day!

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  4. Dear Michael,
    Thank you for your expression of concern about the comment appended to a post. You seem to perceive that 'you' (representing all members of the blog) never pass up opportunities to bash Catholics and that therefore it would not be worth your while reading the rest of the blog. I'm sure that, were you to read the rest of the blog, you would find it hard to locate other material of the type you identify. Moreover, 'bashing' is a little bit overstated for this little tease.

    I, for one, am glad that P75 is now in safe hands and in a situation where it is more likely to be made publicly available.

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