Just as I was about to translate Chapter 3.1, concerning Andrew H. Criddle's study from 1995 about the word frequencies in Clement's letter to Theodore, this came up:
A Statistical Problem Concerning the Mar Saba Letter by Andrew R. Solow and Woollcott K. Smith. The American Statistician. August 1, 2009, 63(3): 254-257.
It seems that the physical journal travels in a somewhat relaxed pace to the far north, and has not yet arrived at Helsinki University. The electronic version would be an option, except that the links through University's proxy are pointing nowhere at the moment, so I can't get my hands on the article right now.
The abstract is as follows:
"The Mar Saba letter is a controversial document purportedly written by the second century theologian Clement of Alexandria and containing excerpts from the so-called “Secret Gospel” of Mark. There is evidence that the Mar Saba letter is a forgery. This evidence includes a statistical analysis comparing the vocabulary of the Mar Saba letter with that of the acknowledged works of Clement. This statistical analysis, which was based on Herbert A. Simon’s model of text generation, was casually reported. Here a statistical framework for this analysis is presented. As a by-product, a more powerful test of authenticity is described."
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