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This 2008 ebook is an enormous English-language creation to the earliest manuscripts of the recent testomony. an important instruction manual for students and scholars, it offers an intensive grounding within the examine and enhancing of the recent testomony textual content mixed with an emphasis at the dramatic present advancements within the box. overlaying historical assets in Greek, Syriac, Latin and Coptic, it: • describes the manuscripts and different historical textual proof, and the instruments had to examine them • offers with textual feedback and textual modifying, describing glossy ways and strategies, with tips at the use of variants • introduces the witnesses and textual learn of every of the most sections of the recent testomony, discussing normal versions and their value. A better half site with full-colour photographs offers beneficiant quantities of illustrative fabric, bringing the topic alive for the reader.

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In one other respect the appearance of this manuscript is a guide to its cultural significance. It was used for the taking of oaths in the medieval period, and the countless placings of hands on its open pages have virtually destroyed much of it. 2); McGurk, Latin Gospel Books, 108. 1), 1894 and 1914. com. 5 A sixth-century Syriac manuscript By the sixth century the copying of manuscripts in a number of versions was well established. 5) has some similarities to Greek models: there is the two-column format, and the 26 The documents Eusebian Apparatus (in a more sophisticated form, with the parallel paragraph numbers for the other Gospels written in the bottom margin), all of this being written in red ink.

The obvious source of evidence to corroborate these figures is the surviving ancient rolls. But we encounter two difficulties: the fragmentary nature of most finds, and uncertainty regarding the extent to which, having been found in Egypt, they reflect only Egyptian practice. The longest papyrus rolls to have been found in Egypt are: P. Oxy. LXIII 4394, produced in Alexandria, 545 cm P. Mich. XIII 659, over 517 cm The study of the manuscripts 19 By contrast, papyrus rolls recovered from Petra are a lot longer (suggesting that one is right to expect regional variation).

2. Written in Gaza, it is 850 cm. One might surmise that rolls produced in Palestine were longer. 5 m, considerably short of the length required for Luke, let alone Paul’s letters according to Gamble’s model. C. Skeat, ‘The Length of the Standard Papyrus Roll and the Cost-advantage of the Codex’, Zeitschrift fu¨r Papyrologie und Epigraphik 45 (1982), 169–76, reprinted in Collected Biblical Writings, 65–70; Skeat’s other short writings on this topic, all useful, are included in this volume. ’ There are in fact two questions to be distinguished.

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