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Early Readers, Scholars and Editors of the New Testament

Book Series: Texts and studies ISSN: 19356927 ISBN: 9781463204112 9781463204112 Year: Pages: 232 Language: English
Publisher: Gorgias Press; University of Birmingham Grant: H2020 European Research Council - 283302
Subject: Religion
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Abstract

The study of the New Testament text is far broader than the reconstruction
of its earliest attainable wording. As historical artefacts, manuscripts
preserve information about the context in which they were produced and
their use in subsequent generations, as well as pointing back towards an
earlier stage in the transmission process. References made by Christian
authors to the textual culture of the early Church, in addition to their
biblical quotations and more general scriptural allusions, transmit
information about the treatment of the documents as well as attitudes to
(and the form of) the canonical text at the time. The task of the modern
textual scholar is as much to map the continuity of the New Testament
tradition as to reach behind it for a primitive form which was unknown to
most later users.

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