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Codex Bezae

Codex Bezae
An Early Christian Manuscript and its Text

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  • Date Published: January 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521400374

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  • Codex Bezae is one of the most important primary sources in New Testament scholarship. Since its rediscovery in the sixteenth century it has continued to fascinate scholars, who have remained intrigued by the riddles of its general appearance and textual characteristics. David Parker makes the first comprehensive investigation of the manuscript for over a century, and sets out to uncover the story behind this most enigmatic of manuscripts. By studying the characteristics of Codex Bezae, both physical and textual, and by comparing its Greek and Latin texts, the author aims to show how a bilingual tradition developed, and thus to discover as much as possible about its earliest stages, which leads to an important new theory about its origins. In a final section, the general character of the text is assessed with a view to what this can tell us of the earliest traditions about Jesus.

    • A major study of Codex Bezae for over 100 years. Codex Bezae is one of the fundamental texts of NT scholarship, and one of our earliest links back to the early Church and its origins
    • Puts forward a bold and original theory about the manuscript with which all NT scholars and textual critics will need to engage
    • Strong endorsements on jacket from leading biblical scholars. Despite the complexity of the material, stylishly and compellingly written
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This extraordinarily well-researched book treats an important subject in a fundamentally important fashion, providing a thorough examination of the manuscript as manuscript. The meticulous detail fits together into a unified whole, to comprise an argument that has its compelling aspects, its highly probable aspects, and--at the very least--its plausible aspects. I recommend this work most highly." Professor Eldon J. Epp

    "This book presents mature, scholarly judgments, expressed with clarity and balance. It is comprehensive in scope and will remain a classic of its kind." The Princeton Seminary Bulletin

    "Comprehensive, meticulous, and massively documented, this is the first full analysis of Codex Bezae in over a century, and it is the first definitive study ever....This is a model study, essential reading for all textual critics and an important purchase for all research libraries." Religious Studies Review

    "Parker's book deserves wide attention. To have illuminated not only a codex and its history but perhaps also something of its theological and social context, is an impressive achievement." Michael W. Holmes, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1992
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521400374
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 159 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations and textual conventions
    Part I. The Palaeography:
    1. The codex and the hand
    2. The punctuation
    3. The secondary hands
    4. Towards the codicology of a bilingual codex
    Part II. The Scribe and the Tradition:
    5. The sense-lines
    6. The nomina sacra
    7. The orthography
    8. The Codex Bezae and its ancestors
    Part III. The Correctors:
    9. The corrections
    10. The supplementary leaves
    11. The development of the corrected text
    Part IV. The Bilingual Tradition:
    12. The codex and the critics
    13. A comparison of the columns
    14. The character of the tradition
    Part V. Text and Codex:
    15. The origins of the Codex Bezae
    16. The history of a text
    Notes on the plates

  • Author

    David C. Parker

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