Background of the Muratorian Fragment

Geoffrey Mark Hahneman

in The Muratorian Fragment and the Development of the Canon

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198263418
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682537 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Background of the Muratorian Fragment

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The Muratorian Fragment was first published in 1740 as an example of a barbarous scribal transcription. The beginning and probably the end of the Fragment are missing. A substantial portion of its poor Latin may be credited to the carelessness of the scribe of the Codex Muratorianus, which is especially apparent in a repeated passage of Ambrose following the Fragment. A plain reading of the Fragment suggests that it was composed shortly after the period which it attributes to Hermas's writing the Shepherd, namely, the episcopacy in Rome of Hermas's brother Pius. However, few scholars have been willing to date the Fragment so early, and have instead argued for composition anywhere between 170 and 220. Dating the Fragment by other references is inconclusive, and there has been no scholarly consensus about its authorship.

Keywords: Muratorian Fragment; Hermas; Codex Muratorianus; Latin

Chapter.  10754 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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