By D. C. Parker
This 2008 e-book is an important English-language advent to the earliest manuscripts of the recent testomony. a vital instruction manual for students and scholars, it presents an intensive grounding within the research and enhancing of the hot testomony textual content mixed with an emphasis at the dramatic present advancements within the box. protecting old assets in Greek, Syriac, Latin and Coptic, it: • describes the manuscripts and different historic textual proof, and the instruments had to research them • offers with textual feedback and textual enhancing, describing sleek techniques and methods, with counsel at the use of versions • introduces the witnesses and textual research of every of the most sections of the hot testomony, discussing standard versions and their value. A better half site with full-colour photos offers beneficiant quantities of illustrative fabric, bringing the topic alive for the reader.
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Additional info for An Introduction to the New Testament Manuscripts and their Texts
We have no copies of early Christian writings older than the middle of the second century, so we cannot at present know at what stage the codex replaced the roll, or even whether the codex was used for some or all of these writings from the beginning. The evidence of the forty or so manuscripts surviving from the second and third centuries is that by about 150 it was normative for Christians to copy the writings which later became the New Testament into the papyrus codex format. It is only comparatively recently that the information has become available which makes it possible to develop detailed hypotheses with regard to the transition from the roll to the codex.
Instead, I have followed the layout which I adopted in Codex Bezae of pausing at certain points to provide bibliographical and subsidiary information on the preceding paragraphs. These passages are set in a smaller font. 1 The codex Those writings which in time came to comprise the New Testament are almost without exception preserved in the manuscript form called the codex, the kind of book which is normative in western culture. In its simplest format, a codex is made by taking a pile of sheets of writing material, folding them in half, and then (starting at the top of the first sheet) writing the text on them.
Instead, aspects of that history are told in the context of theoretical and practical problems (for example, in the history of the Christian book and the description of different kinds of edition). More attention is paid in this book to Greek manuscripts than to those in any other language. This seems reasonable when one is writing about texts first written in Greek. After Greek, it is Latin manuscripts which receive the most attention, for several reasons. One is that they have been more thoroughly studied than those of the other translations of the New Testament.