Mittwoch, Januar 07, 2015

TCG - Textual commentary updated

I have updated the
TCG - An Online Textual Commentary on the Greek Gospels

Currently I am working on 892 and Codex L. Of both color images appeared, and I'm checking all readings.
Unfortunately my time is quite limited at the moment.

Comments, suggestions, corrections ... on the commentary are always welcome!

If you like detective work, check out the discussion of paleographical problems:
Paleographical Commentary

Greek papyrus on ebay, Gospel of John

Brice Jones alerted us to a papyrus for sale on ebay.
It is said to be from the private collection of Harold R. Willoughby.
On one side it shows Greek text from John 1:50-51.
Of the other side only a blurred photo exists, but from what I can read it does not seem to be from the Gospel of John.

Here is an image of side A:
Brice Jones gives a correct reconstruction on his blog.
TC: The text does not read ἀπ᾽ ἄρτι in verse 51 together with P66, P75, 03, L etc., against the Byz text. 
Interesting is the shape of the Nu, but I am no expert in dating.
Brice thinks of the 3. - 4. CE.

Side B seems to be the more interesting because it appears to be not from the Gospel of John:
Clearly on the 2. line one can read:
τὸν θ(εό)ν (nomen sacrum)
On line 3 I read:
οἶκος ἡμῶν?
And on line 5 it seems to read:
τότε ἄρξεσθε
Very tentative only, since the image is quite bad.
EDIT: Brice suggests εὐαγγελίζεσθαι, with an apostrophe separating the two Gammas.
That is very probably right. 

These lines taken together do not fit in anything in the Gospels. This would explain why nothing about the text of the verso is noted on the accompanying list of items.
Not sure what to make of it. Perhaps a commentary, or a sermon or something?

Unfortunately the seller has ended the auction prematurely.

Peter Head notes (what I completely overlooked) that the verso is upside-down to the recto. 
What does this mean?