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T. C. Skeat, [prod ]64+67 and [prod ]4, and the Problem of Fibre Orientation in Codicological Reconstruction



Because of the uniformity of the text, NT papyri are well suited to codicological reconstruction. If there are two or more pieces of papyrus from the same codex, sound reconstructions are often possible. But good methodology will account for the fibre orientation of the fragments. Flawed conclusions are the inevitable result of neglecting such analysis. Skeat erred in this direction as regards [prod ]64+67 and [prod ]4. Nevertheless, his contribution in the area was substantial and enduring. It only remains for scholars to appreciate the insights that codicology can bring to the study of the NT text.



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My thanks to J. K. Elliott, P. M. Head, G. H. R. Horsley, L. W. Hurtado, G. R. Stanton and J. D. Thomas, for responding to working drafts of this article prior to submission. The views expressed are, of course, my own.


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New Testament Studies
  • ISSN: 0028-6885
  • EISSN: 1469-8145
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