From: George Blaisdell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Mar 25 1999 - 01:56:55 EST
>From: Jack Kilmon
>As you know, 4G is a work that was developed
>in Asia Minor for over 300
>years. The latest additions, glosses and
>interpolations seem to have
<taken place around the time of Codex D.
>An earlier form of the Gospel
>probably began with what is now 1:19.
I really do not know this, although I am aware of that approach through
reading the Brown commentary.
The high level of chiastic integration of the whole of 4G argues very
strongly for its creation by a single author. As an assemblage of
add-ons over a prolonged period of time, it could not be so tightly and
chiastically knit. It has a chiastic unity and integration throughout
that simply could not be there were it written by a composit of authors
and redactors over a long period of time. [Fr. Beck is my source on
this understanding ~ "The Shape of Biblical Language"]
An antiphonal hymn is where the
>lector and the congregation would alternate stanzas, sort of like when
>a minister says "The Lord be with you" and the congregation answers,
>"and with your spirit." The prologue to 4G was just such an antiphony
>in the early Church. The lector/presbyter would sing "In the beginning
>was the word." The congregation/assembly would respond ""And the Word
>was with God." The leader would answer "And the word WAS God." And so
>on and so forth. Your treatment of the beautiful chiastic pattern of
>this "song" sung between leader and congregation brought the hymn
Do you have the entire hymn and its antiphonal divisions? Did any of
its music get passed along? Do the Orthodox Greeks maybe sing it?
I keep trying to 'hear' it... At least I now understand what
'antiphonal' means ~ Thanks.
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