Justin’s Text of the Gospels:

Joseph Verheyden

in The Early Text of the New Testament

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199566365
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740985 | DOI:
Justin’s Text of the Gospels:

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Research on Justin Martyr’s gospel text has a long and interesting history. It has yielded a plethora of suggestions for making sense of the puzzling phenomenon that Justin seems to know the ‘canonical’ Gospels, yet very often cites a passage that deviates in one way or another from the text of the Gospels as this has come down to us. The first part of this chapter points out some of the highlights from past and more recent research and offers some methodological comments on the strengths and weaknesses of the various solutions that have been suggested. The second part consists of a detailed analysis of the first cluster of sayings in the First Apology (1Apol. 15.1–8) on the hypothesis that Justin has worked from the Gospel of Matthew, but had reasons to adapt Matthew’s text for theological and apologetic purposes.

Keywords: Justin Martyr; New Testament textual history; patristic citations

Chapter.  12655 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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