Perhaps what Maimonides is doing is taking a cue from his previous article of faith requiring belief in the prophecy of Moses, and then extending it by saying that while Moses' prophecy was great, he nevertheless had no hand in composing the Torah text, which was the ipsissima verba
in retaining Fowler's ipsissima verba
while making the minor corrections and qualifications that time has made necessary.
Very few complete texts from the early Stoa have survived (as any examination of Von Arnim's Stoicorum Veterum Fragmenta soon makes quite apparent, we rely heavily on later authors for our reconstruction of the doctrines of this philosophical school), and so it is understandable that students of post-Aristotelian philosophy should attribute such value to the ipsissima verba
of an early senior Stoic philosopher who had actually known and conversed with the school's founder, Zeno.
This new method, argues Ben Zvi, eschews the circularity of the previous method, in that it no longer seeks to find the ipsissima verba
of the prophet through a convoluted process of formulating assumptions about what the prophet would say in such historical circumstances, which are themselves reconstructions based on those assumptions.
Pelikan notes that Justice Black dissented "with his customary adherence to the ipsissima verba
and therefore the sensus literalis of the Constitution.
After puzzling through in the preceding chapters God's eternal election of Israel in the light of what he felt to be God's turn to the Gentiles in his own apostolic calling (see Stendahl's Final Account, 9-44), Paul here chooses as he rarely does in his letters to cite the ipsissima verba
of Jesus: "Love," Paul expands on Jesus' pronouncement in tones reminiscent of 1 Corinthians 13, "does no wrong to a neighbor," concluding that "therefore love is the fulfilling of the law" (v.
7) Jeremias drew expertly on the resources of modern philology in the effort to recover, at least conjecturally, the ipsissima verba
Kloppenborg Verbin is willing to discuss the impact of Q and the Gospel of Thomas on Jesus research but is unwilling to speak of the sayings as anything like ipsissima verba