Monday, August 10, 2009

[TC-Alternate-list] Matthew 13:36-43 - any MSS omit?

Is anyone aware of any variants in Matthew 13:36-43? Are there any MSS perhaps that omit it? It seems unlikely to be original considering that the seed is not interpreted as the word as in the parable of the sower, and that it is too overtly predestinarian to be original, perhaps even too overtly predestinarian to pre-date Augustine. It is more natural to understand the parable of the sower as related to corruption of the scriptures as Dionysius of Corinth did (see Eusebius Ecclesiastical History Book 4 chapter 23). Seems likely that the "the Lord's exposition of the parable" which Augustine cites against Faustus when Faustus interprets the parable like Dionysius as premising corruption in Scripture, was forged between the time of Dionysius and Augustine. I know it is the case whether any MSS have been found that omit it or not, but it would be nice to have a MSS that omits it to point to.


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