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Re: orion Rumor
I had not heard that rumor. Unless and until there's more substantial
backing--interesting though such a text would be--I'm assuming that this is
probably a false rumour.
If you're looking for possible misunderstandings that might have
played a role in creating such a rumor: Maybe someone misreported on the
publications of George Howard of U. of Georgia. In 1987 he published _The
Gospel of Matthew according to a Primitive Hebrew Text_ (Mercer
U.P./Peeters). There was also a second edition, with some changes, I think.
He has published many articles on this, including recently in J. for the
Study of the NT. He claims that a medieval Hebrew ms of Matthew
represents--with modifications (a big qualification)--an ancient version of
Matthew. Wm. Petersen, in NT Studies this year, argued against the
Papias (quoted by Eusebius) claimed (in the early 2nd century) that
Matthew was originally written in Hebrew. By the way, an important article
on Papias has just appeared in the J. of Theological Studies (1998, no. 2)
in which Ch. Hill provides new insight on the subject of Papias on the
authorship of the gospels, especially John and Luke.
Stephen Goranson firstname.lastname@example.org
>I am hearing a rumor on other lists, with no sources, that
>a "Hebrew Matthew" has been discovered recently in a new
>find of DSS. The total unlikelihood of such a find makes
>me believe that there is a confusion somewhere and
>"wishful thinking" is fueling the rumor.
>Has anyone ever heard anything about this?
>The list sure has been quiet lately.
>Min d'LA rokHEM l'maRAN yeSHUa meshyCHA niheYAH. maRAN aTHA