Thursday, December 9, 2010

John 6:11 - (h.t.)

John 6:11 (traditional text)

ελαβεν δε τους αρτους ο και
ευχαριστησας διεδωκεν τοις
μαθηταις οι δε μαθηται τοις
ανακειμενοις ομοιως και εκ
των οψαριων οσον ηθελον...

And Jesus took the loaves; and when

he had given thanks, he gave to the
disciples, and the disciples to them
that were set down; and likewise of
the fishes as much as they wished.

INCLUDE LINE: א(Corr.2), D, Δ Θ ψ, f13, 1071, Maj, Latin: b, d, e, j, Sy-S, ac2, Bo(mss)
Byz, Maj (Majority of all continuous MSS), 157, 1424 Lect,

OMIT: P28(3rd CE), P66, P75, 01*, A, B, L, N, W, Π, 063, 0141, f1, 33, 565, 579, 1241, al, Lat, Sy-C, Sy-P, Sy-H/sa/bo(mss), arm, goth

Another classic boo-boo by the Alexandrian ancestor of Aleph/B. This one of many 'perfect' Haplography cases in John, where all the necessary features are found in the textual stream.

Few Alexandrian correctors would have opted for the longer reading, given the lucky conciseness of the omission. But no complex series of 'mishaps' are likely to have been responsible for any proposed 'addition' here. Again the theological content is virtually non-existant.

The usual suspects, Westcott/Hort, Nestle, UBS-2 etc. perpetuate an error we escaped from for almost 2000 years. Now every scribal blunder ever made is brought back to haunt the text, simply because it was done in Egypt/Caesarea. Again, 'modern' versions follow the UBS text, without even a footnote for the lost half-verse.

Its another undocumented change, which sadly loses some interesting details concerning the Feeding of the 5,000.

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