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Early Christian Attitudes toward the Reproduction of Texts

Michael J Kruger

in The Early Text of the New Testament

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199566365
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566365.003.0005
Early Christian Attitudes toward the Reproduction of Texts

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As scholars explore the state of the early New Testament text, the inductive study of the extant manuscripts we possess is the natural place to begin. However, there are also other lines of potentially fruitful inquiry. One area that has been largely overlooked is the attitude toward that text that is actually expressed by Christians in the earliest literary sources, i.e. statements about how they viewed their sacred writings, how they understood the transmission and preservation of these texts, and how they would have responded to changes or alterations in the text. It is important that we consider such historical testimony not only because it often antedates the papyri and even many patristic citations, but because it establishes a critical historical context for our overall understanding of textual transmission in the earliest stages of Christianity.

Keywords: New Testament text; textual transmission; textual reproduction; manuscripts; literary culture; textual changes; attitudes to the text

Chapter.  9179 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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