By D. C. Parker
This 2008 booklet is a huge English-language creation to the earliest manuscripts of the recent testomony. a vital guide for students and scholars, it offers a radical grounding within the learn and modifying of the hot testomony textual content mixed with an emphasis at the dramatic present advancements within the box. masking old assets in Greek, Syriac, Latin and Coptic, it: • describes the manuscripts and different old textual facts, and the instruments had to learn them • offers with textual feedback and textual modifying, describing sleek methods and strategies, with advice at the use of versions • introduces the witnesses and textual learn of every of the most sections of the hot testomony, discussing usual variations and their importance. A better half site with full-colour pictures offers beneficiant quantities of illustrative fabric, bringing the topic alive for the reader.
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I have generally tried to discuss theoretical topics in the context of a specific problem, and to use an argument or a point of view to illustrate ways of studying manuscripts and texts. I have also taken representative topics in another way. For example, the only chapter in Part III to contain a history of research is the chapter on Revelation. That is because the story of the research upon this text is a microcosm of the whole, and can easily be told in some detail. In the same way, I do not have a chapter on the historical development of textual criticism.
But if one looks in a little more detail at the text, some things have not changed so much in a hundred and fifty years. There is a similar amount of punctuation, and the same abbreviations of the nomina sacra are present. Additional is the use of a horizontal stroke to indicate a nu at line ends. As in P66, there are frequent corrections, some made at the time of production and some later. There are no page numbers, but the quires are numbered (these numbers are called quire signatures), to help the binder to get them in the right order and there are running titles indicating the name of the book (since P66 probably contained only John, there was no need for a running title).
The texts they carry are also much more than potential sources of the oldest form of text. Each, in its textual uniqueness, is a witness to a particular form of the text that existed, was read, recited, remembered and compared with other texts, at certain times and in certain places. The variant readings which are not the oldest are not therefore without interest. They provide information about subsequent interpretations of the text and understandings of Christian faith and practice, including the fact that the oldest form had been modified.