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The Early Text of the New Testament$
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Charles E. Hill and Michael J. Kruger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566365.001.0001

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The Early Text of John *

The Early Text of John *

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The Early Text of the New Testament

Juan Chapa

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the available manuscript evidence of the Fourth Gospel before the great uncial codices from the fourth century were written. It presents an overview of the sixteen papyri and a parchment of the Gospel of John, paying more attention to the two largest and most important papyri: P66 and P75. An assessment on the scribal behaviour and the quality of the text they transmit is given for these two manuscripts and for most of the others. From the extant evidence it is argued that the scribes were on the whole concerned with copying the text accurately and that most of the early manuscripts attest a rather ‘normal’ text of the ‘Alexandrian’ type.

Keywords:   New Testament papyri, scribal habits, textual criticism, Gospel of John, manuscripts, papyri, Egypt, early Christian literature

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