Codex Bezae: An Early Christian Manuscript and its Text by David C. Parker

By David C. Parker

Codex Bezae is without doubt one of the most crucial fundamental assets in New testomony scholarship. due to the fact that its rediscovery within the 16th century it has persisted to fascinate students, who've remained intrigued by way of the riddles of its basic visual appeal and textual features. David Parker makes the 1st entire research of the manuscript for over a century, and units out to discover the tale at the back of this so much enigmatic of manuscripts. via learning the features of Codex Bezae, either actual and textual, and by way of evaluating its Greek and Latin texts, the writer goals to teach how a bilingual culture constructed, and hence to find up to attainable approximately its earliest phases, which ends up in an incredible new idea approximately its origins. In a last part, the overall personality of the textual content is classed as a way to what this may let us know of the earliest traditions approximately Jesus.

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I therefore attempted to verify Mallon's conclusions by experimenting with a square steel nib. My scribal efforts were not altogether satisfactory, but my immediate conclusions seemed to support Marichal's theory. When the paper was held at an angle, the axis of the pen was closer to being parallel to the sides of the paper, so that more of it was in contact with the paper in vertical strokes. Greater delicacy would then be required for the horizontals, where only the leading edge of the nib is writing.

It is therefore helpful, as well as in accord with standard practice, to begin our examination with aspects relating to book production. THE CODEX Bischoff, Palaeography; John Chapman, 'The Original Contents of Codex Bezae', The Expositor (VI) 2 (1905), 46-53; S. M. Cockerell, a typewritten description of the repair and rebinding of Codex Bezae, dated November 1965, kept in a pocket folder with the Ms; Hatch, Principal Uncial Manuscripts; Lowe, 'Some Facts'; Lowe, 'More Facts'; E. A. Lowe, 'Greek Symptoms in a Sixth-Century Manuscript of St Augustine and in a Group of Latin Legal Manuscripts', in Didascaliae: Studies in Honor of Anselm M.

These will be examined in detail in chapter 3. It will be argued there that Corrector G could be dated as early as the fourth century. Corrector A worked some time between 400 and 440, and C and B between 400 and 450. The evidence of G is of especial significance: it will be argued that these corrections were made to the manuscript when it was newly written. The proofs of this are both palaeographical and in the nature of the corrections. Thus a date of 400 is probably required by G, and a date before 440 by A.

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