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The Text of the New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers

Paul Foster

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/9780199566365.003.0016
The Text of the New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers

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In the quest for the form of the NT text in the second century, some scholars have appealed to the corpus of writings we call the Apostolic Fathers. However, the loose citation techniques of the Apostolic Fathers, combined with the fact that we have no extant manuscripts of these writings from the second century, suggests they provide no conclusive evidence of the state of the NT text during this critical time period. For this reason, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers get us no closer to reconstructing that text than the actual extant manuscripts of the third and fourth centuries. In fact, the complications surrounding NT citations in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers may confuse, rather than clarify this endeavour.

Keywords: New Testament text; Apostolic Fathers; citation techniques; textual transmission; textual variants; manuscripts

Chapter.  9590 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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