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The Early Text of John<sup>*</sup>

Juan Chapa

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/9780199566365.003.0009
The Early Text of John*

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This chapter looks at the available manuscript evidence of the Fourth Gospel before the great uncial codices from the fourth century were written. It presents an overview of the sixteen papyri and a parchment of the Gospel of John, paying more attention to the two largest and most important papyri: P66 and P75. An assessment on the scribal behaviour and the quality of the text they transmit is given for these two manuscripts and for most of the others. From the extant evidence it is argued that the scribes were on the whole concerned with copying the text accurately and that most of the early manuscripts attest a rather ‘normal’ text of the ‘Alexandrian’ type.

Keywords: New Testament papyri; scribal habits; textual criticism; Gospel of John; manuscripts; papyri; Egypt; early Christian literature

Chapter.  8567 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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