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My words this week are from Eyewitness to Jesus: Amazing New Manuscript Evidence About the Origin of the Gospels by Carsten Peter Thiede and Matthew D’Ancona.


potsherd– A fragment of broken pottery, especially one found in an archaeological excavation

ostracon– A potsherd, esp. one used as a ballot on which the name of a person voted to be ostracized was inscribed.

“all sorts of materials—papyrus, parchment…wax tablets, potsherds (so-called ostraca) and so forth.


polemical– Of or relating to a controversy, argument, or refutation.

“Even the Babylonian Talmud, polemical and aggressive wherever it refers to Christianity”


philology– The study of literary texts and of written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning.

“In brief, classical philogists do not doubt that the text without epi ten gen is not only the shorter by also the better original version.”


itacism– Pronunciation of  (eta) as the modern Greeks pronounce it, that is, like e in the English word be. This was the pronunciation advocated by Reuhlin and his followers, in opposition to the etacism of Erasmus.

“the scribe had been thinking in terms of common, so-called itacism, a spelling variant based on the identical pronunciation of different letters”


What new words did you run across this week?