P.Oxy. 2383 (P69) One More Time

In: Novum Testamentum

Abstract

In this article, I respond to recent criticisms of my proposed reconstruction of P69 and conclude that the fragmentary evidence is simply too sparse to support the weight of Claire Clivaz’s claims of a Marcionite edition. The paleography of the fragment is further scrutinized and the remaining questions concerning the text of this important fragment are raised and discussed.

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    Thomas A. Wayment, “A New Transcription of P.Oxy. 2383 (P69),” NovT 50 (2008) 351-357; Claire Clivaz, “Some Remarks on Thomas A. Wayment, ‘A New Transcription of P.Oxy. 2383 (P69),’ ” NovT 52 (2010) 83-87.

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    Clivaz, “Some Remarks,” 83, 87.

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    Clivaz, “Some Remarks,” 86-87.

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    E.G. Turner, “2383. Gospel According to St. Luke XXII,” in The Oxyrhynchus Papyri XXIV (ed. E. Lobel et al.; London: Egypt Exploration Society, 1957) 3.

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    Turner, “2383,” 3. It is certain that P.Oxy. 2383 attests the omission of Luke 22:42-44, but it is uncertain whether the exemplar did so as well.

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    Clivaz, “Some Remarks,” 84.

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    Clivaz, “Some Remarks,” 84.

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    Clivaz, “The Angel and the Sweat,” 429-432.

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    T. Baarda, “Luke 22:42-47a, The Emperor Julian as a Witness to the Text of Luke,” NovT 30 (1988) 289-296. Baarda draws the conclusion that Christians had a difficult time answering the criticisms against Luke 22:42-47 and thus giving them motive to alter this passage. Hilary (De Trin. 10.40-42) also offers evidence that embarrassment was a question surrounding the sweat like blood and Jesus’ plea to take away the cup because they portrayed Jesus as weak. Although he is aware that the verses in Luke 22 are in dispute, he argues that heretics should not be encouraged by the cup and the sweat like blood.

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    K. Aland and B. Aland, The Text of the New Testament (1st ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987) 100, but altered in The Text of the New Testament (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989) 100; Clivaz, “The Angel and the Sweat,” 425-427.

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