comfort and barrett

Eric S. Weiss eweiss at gte.net
Wed Aug 15 09:27:11 EDT 2001


I noticed in the photographs of some of the manuscripts that this dieresis
or whatever it is appears to be written in the manuscript. I still cannot
determine what it might mean, though, or why the scribes did this on these
certain words (frequently on hINA). Maybe it's a breathing mark -- but it
doesn't appear over all initial vowels and it isn't exclusive to rough
breathings.

So ... any answer as to what it means or was used for, by either the
scribes or Comfort in his transcription?

Thanks!

> I have the new edition of THE TEXT OF THE EARLIEST NEW TESTAMENT GREEK
> MANUSCRIPTS.
> 
> One change the authors made in this edition is to put a dot under
> uncertain letters. This is explained in the Preface.
> 
> I've also noticed that they sometimes show two tiny dots above a letter,
> like a dieresis - e.g., p. 105 Revelation 1:7 above the iota in IDOU; p.
> 107 James 2:21 above the iota in ISAAK; p. 74 John 1:31 above the upsilon
> in hUDATI; p. 318 Galatians 4:30 above the iotas in hUION and hUIOS. It
> thus seems to be used above iota and upsilon, but not every iota or
> upsilon. I can't find Comfort's explanation for this in the introduction
> (perhaps I overlooked it). Any explanation?



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