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What Jacob Actually Wrote About Ephraim

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This chapter uses Amar's (1995) collation of six of the 11 mss listed by Vööbus (1973-1980) to begin the groundwork for an edition which seeks to establish what Jacob actually wrote. It shows that there must be 19 interpolated couplets in Amar's base text; this proof begins with the record, preserved by one ms., that the original composition comprised 330 lines. Eleven of these must be in Section 1. The disproportionate number of interpolated lines in Section 1 can be explained as glosses originally written in the large gaps left by Jacob between the four parts of this section for symbolic reasons. The chapter establishes which couplets have been interpolated by subjecting the text of the oldest and least interpolated ms., Damascus Patriarchate (DP)12/14, to critical scrutiny. Symbolic arithmetic can be done with the numerical value of Ephraim, giving it a meaning consonant with Ephraim's Trinitarian Faith.

Keywords: Amar's base text; Ephraim; Jacob; nineteen couplets; Vööbus



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