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The Early Text of Paul (and Hebrews)<sup>1</sup>

James R Royse

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/9780199566365.003.0011
The Early Text of Paul (and Hebrews)1

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This chapter examines the twenty papyrus manuscripts which contain parts of the Pauline corpus and date plausibly from before about 350. P46, dating from around 200 and preserving a large amount of text, is given pride of place. While absolute certainty is not possible, it appears likely that in some places P46 relies on a Vorlage which was already marked with corrections or variant readings. P13, fragments of Hebrews written on the back of a used scroll, was most likely copied from a codex containing a corpus of Paul’s letters. It is reasonable to conclude that least four papyri (P13, P30, P46, P92) once contained a corpus of Paul’s letters and nothing excludes the possibility that all twenty did. The generally Alexandrian character of the Pauline papyri is notable, for there is reason to think that the Egyptian evidence is representative of manuscripts from the larger Mediterranean world in this period.

Keywords: Pauline Corpus; New Testament textual criticism; New Testament papyri; P46; P13; scribal habits

Chapter.  13993 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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