Summary of findings

Identifying the page model of an original document or "archetype" is the key to the content, format and structure of the New Testament book which was derived from it by a process of repeated copying.

The project:

A fairly complex example of my findings has been available elsewhere on this site for many years:

The formation of John's gospel

Some other examples have now been added here on the following pages. They give details of the structure "behind" some of the archetypes. My posited structure is behind the archetype in two senses. Firstly the structure had to be in the author's mind as part of the planning required to produce the archetype, i.e. the structure preceded the archetype in time. Secondly the structure is hidden behind the archetype because when the NT documents were composed, the writing convention was that titles, section breaks, sentence breaks and even word breaks were not indicated in the text.


1. The additional three archetypes arise as follows:
Romans was originally two letters;
2 Corinthians was originally three letters;
Philippians was originally three letters;
1 Timothy, Titus and 2 Timothy originally constituted a single document - a tract disguised as three letters.