This week’s Paul Post of the Week belongs to Philip Barton Payne on his blog Koinonia. Payne discusses a topic that I find very interesting, interpolations in Paul’s letters. In this particular post Philip outlines the manuscript evidence supporting the conclusion that 1 Cor 14:34-35 is an interpolation. He concludes that the passage is an interpolation based on its variable location in the earliest manuscripts. The debate over the status of 1 Cor 14:34-35 as an interpolation has created two camps of scholars and Payne’s work certainly provides another data point for those arguing that it is an interpolation. I had read Payne’s articles on this subject during previous research projects and I am happy to see this information posted on his blog.
For further study on the subject of interpolations I strongly suggest William O. Walker’s, Interpolations in the Pauline Letters. Although you may not agree with the vast amount of interpolations that Walker isolates in Paul’s letters, he outlines a clear set of criteria for examining the validity of passages. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 is his test case and he provides a compelling case that it is in fact an interpolation.
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