This chapter discusses the unity of the text of the Gospel of Mary. Early editors and/or commentators of the gospel argued that the present text (i.e., the text as represented in the BG 8502 codex) is composite and originally consisted of two separate documents. However, it is argued that given the fact that there is no direct evidence for a form of the text, or for forms of parts of the text, as part of any other literary entity than the present text, and given that the present form of the text (including possible tensions within the text) can generally be adequately explained, it seems best to treat the present form of the text as a literary unity and not postulate earlier forms of the gospel different from what exists at present.
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