No Wait, I Can Fix This…

Steve Caruso shared an image related to his work on the Mandaean Book of John project – this image illustrating a scribe’s “indecisiveness” about what to write, as it unfolded in an era before erasers:

Click through to read more about it, and to see Steve’s color-coded explanation of the letters.

It is a good reminder that scribes were human. Is there anyone who has never ended up with a mushed mess like this as they tried to write a word, then fix it without erasing or crossing it out?

To find out whether the scribe simply left this mess or tried again, you’ll just have to click through!

Mandaeans: Mysteries and Misunderstandings
First Mandaean on Pluto
Gnostic Survivors: 2015 David Noel Freedman Lecture
A Neo-Mandaic Story