John 2:17 and KATAFAGETAI

Eric S. Weiss eweiss at
Tue Mar 19 09:55:39 EST 2002

This lends further support to the idea that the AI diphthong at the time
of this papyrus manuscript was pronounced as it is in Modern Greek, i.e.,
as a short "e," rather than the Erasmian long "i" as in "aisle."
Especially if, as you say, it's "on almost every page."

> Eric S. Weiss wrote:
> > Where does the KATAFAGETE of P66 come from? Is it a recognized error?
> Yes. It is a VERY common error, probably because E - AI sounded very similar
> in that time. You will find this on almost every page. Have a look in
> Swanson "NT manuscripts". He notes the spelling errors in a footnotes
> section. Quite interesting read! :-)
> Best wishes
>     Wieland
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> Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany
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