Chapter

Evidence for a Final Redaction

David Trobisch

in The First Edition of the New Testament

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195112405
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848898 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112405.003.0002
Evidence for a Final Redaction

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As the final redaction of the New Testament was never introduced, an impression exists that the New Testament never underwent such editing. The author first clarifies the term canonical edition to pertain to how this edition is identified by the history of its reception or how a certain community has construed the book for better understanding, and the term final redaction to refer to the anthologies involved in its modifications. Textual and nontextual elements that imply the occurrence of a final redaction can be identified by their dates, unifying functions, and consistent editorial structures. Such evidence can be seen through nomina sacra or sacred names, the use of codices, and the arrangement and number of writings, and the titles seen in the five documents illustrated in this chapter.

Keywords: final redaction; textual elements; nontextual elements; nomina sacra; codices; arrangement; titles

Chapter.  12068 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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