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The Ethiopic Version

BRUCE M. METZGER

in The Early Versions of the New Testament

Published in print October 1977 | ISBN: 9780198261704
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682209 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261704.003.0005
The Ethiopic Version

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This chapter discusses the introduction of Christianity into Ethiopia and the early manuscripts of the Ethiopic version of the New Testament. Many modern scholars date the origin of the Ethiopic version to a time during the 5th century and/or 6th century, in connection with the missionary activity of the Nine Saints. Of the several thousand Ethiopic manuscripts in European and American collections, about three hundred contain the text of one of more books of the New Testament. This chapter also discusses the Ethiopic textual analyses of the Gospels such as the Acts of the Apostles, Pauline Epistles, Catholic Epistles and the Book of Revelations, and the limitations of Ethiopic in representing the Greek New Testament.

Keywords: Christianity; Ethiopia; Ethiopic version; New Testament; Nine Saints; Gospels; Acts of the Apostles; Pauline Epistles; Catholic Epistles; Book of Revelations

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Subjects: Biblical Studies ; Early Christianity

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