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Chapter Two: The Interpretation

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Reading II-A is grammatically coherent, and even though Reading II-B is anacoluthic it is noted that such constructions are not uncommon in John. The Reading I arose as a counted r-attack to the pre-Arian heretics must remain a matter of speculation apart from the concrete in stance of Reading I in Adamantius, and this now has been challenged in turn by Aland. The parallel Latin version of the relevant passage gives not Reading I but Reading II, and the manuscript basis of the Greek version itself of the dialogue is highly suspect, especially in the second part from which the scriptural quotation is taken. The purpose of the above historical-exegetical-theological excursus has been to show how Reading II of John 1:3/4 was recognized already in antiquity as the lectio difficilior. Attention has been called repeatedly to the clumsy, anacoluthic character of Reading II-B.

Keywords: Reading II-B.; lectio difficilior; pre-Arian heretics; Reading II-A

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