The New “Sayings Of Jesus” -- By: G. Frederick Wright

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 054:216 (Oct 1897)
Article: The New “Sayings Of Jesus”
Author: G. Frederick Wright

The New “Sayings Of Jesus”1

Prof. G. Frederick Wright

High expectations were raised a few months ago by the announcement that Messrs. Grenfell and Hunt, laboring under the patronage of the Egypt Exploration Fund, had discovered at Oxyrhynchus, on the edge of the Libyan desert, one hundred and twenty miles south of Cairo, among other Greek papyri some fragments from a “collection of Logia or Sayings of our Lord.” The publication and discussion of the document forms one of the most important literary events of the year.

The fragment consists of a single leaf of papyrus 5 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches in present dimension, which has been somewhat abbreviated by the breaking-off of fragments from the bottom and from one side. Opposite is a facsimile of one of the pages; while below is a reproduction of the text as it stands in the original. Restorations are inclosed in square brackets, and dots inside the latter indicate the approximate number of letters lost. Dots outside brackets represent letters of which only illegible traces remain.

I. ] καὶ τότε διαβλέψεις ἐκβαλῖν τὸ κάρφος τὸ ἐν τῳ ὀφθαλμῷ τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ σου.

“… and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.”

2. Λέγει ᾿Λησοῦς, ἐὰν μὴ νηδτεύσητε τὸν κόσμον οὐ μὴ εὕρητε τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἐὰν μὴ σαββατίσητε τὸ σάββατον οὐκ ὄψεσθε τὸν πατέρα.

“Jesus saith, Except ye fast to the world, ye shall in no wise find the kingdom of God; and except ye keep the Sabbath, ye shall not see the Father.”

3. Λέγει ᾿Λησοῦς, ἔ[σ] την ἐν μέσῳ τοῦ κόσμου, καὶ ἐν σαρκὶ ὤφθην αὐτοῖς, καὶ εὗροντας μεθύοντας, καὶ οὐδένα εὗρον διψῶντα ἐν αὐτοῖς, καὶ πονεις ἡ ψυχή μου ἐπὶ τουῖς υἱοῖς τῶς ἀνθρώπων ὅτι τυφλοί εἰσιν ...

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