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The Early Versions of the New TestamentTheir Origin, Transmission, and Limitations$
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Bruce M. Metzger

Print publication date: 1977

Print ISBN-13: 9780198261704

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261704.001.0001

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The Armenian Version

The Armenian Version

(p.153) III The Armenian Version
The Early Versions of the New Testament


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This chapter discusses the introduction of Christianity into Armenia and the translation of the New Testament in Armenia. Armenia claims the honour of being the first kingdom to accept Christianity as its official religion. The most ancient Armenian manuscripts of the Gospels, all dates from the 9th and 10th centuries. Among the noteworthy features of the Armenian version of the Bible was the inclusion of the History of Joseph and Asenath and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs in the Old Testament, and the Epistle of the Corinthians to Paul and a Third Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians in the New Testament. Another characteristic feature of the Armenian version involves ‘Targum Translations’. These are readings that provide the reader with a generally faithful and idiomatic rendering praised for its clarity and dignity of expressions.

Keywords:   Christianity, New Testament, Armenia, Armenian, Gospels, Old Testament, Corinthians, Paul, Targum Translations

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