Where does the parable of the sower begin? (Mark 4:3)
Most ancient manuscripts of the New Testament contained some sort of paragraph marks. Two common methods of paragraphing were putting the first letter of a line out into the margin (called ekthesis) and putting a small horizontal line (called a paragraphos) above the first word of a new section. In addition spaces of various sizes could be left at the end of a section.
In our edition we decided only to accept paragraph divisions based on early manuscripts.
This led us to a surprising conclusion in Mark 4:3 where Jesus begins the Parable of the Sower: we decided we had to put the paragraph mark after the first word of Jesus’s speech.
The text runs literally like this:
4:2 ‘and he [Jesus] was teaching them many things in parables and was saying to them in his teaching, 4:3 “Listen. Look. The sower went out to sow.”’
The Greek word “Listen” is akouete (related to the word acoustic).
The Greek word for “Look” is idou (distantly related to the word video).