January 28th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
Re: pauline edits of matthew
Because the earliest manuscripts that archaelogists have discovered all lack
the edits and were used by various different groups of Christians - Ebionite, Gnostic, Theraputae, etc. But the version used by the Cappadocian/Paulines - who only emerged in the 2nd/3rd centuries with Roman support - were somehow different in a few essential places, as discussed on my page.
This well-written book lays out the historical evidence for such edits in a lot of detail, by Professor Ehrman who is the most respected researcher in this field:Ehrman, Bart
" (2003 hardback).Edited at 2011-01-28 10:11 am (UTC)