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The Early Text of Mark

Peter M. Head

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/9780199566365.003.0007
The Early Text of Mark

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The paucity of manuscripts, alongside the relative absence of information about the text of Mark in the early period, is something that distinguishes the text of Mark from that of the other three canonical gospels. The only pre-fourth century manuscript of Mark is P45. Nevertheless, a good case can be made that our fourth-century witnesses represent copies of a well preserved early text of Mark, and that the more free forms of the text (such as P45) could be derived from such a text.

Keywords: gospel of Mark; early text of Mark; manuscripts; papyri; textual transmission; P45

Chapter.  6807 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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