Irenaeus’s Text of the Gospels in Adversus haereses

D. Jeffrey Bingham and Billy R. Todd

in The Early Text of the New Testament

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

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For centuries scholars have studied Irenaeus’s use of the New Testament text, particularly his use of the Gospels. These studies have agreed that the text Irenaeus used was most like that of the Western text type. This first study of Irenaeus’s use of the Gospels in over twenty years retests the findings of this history of scholarship and furthers this study by using quantitative analysis on nearly 350 variants in Irenaeus’ Gospel texts. Each of three Gospels, Matthew, Luke, and John, is individually analyzed and the results are compiled into an overall analysis of the Gospel texts. Conclusions are drawn on the overall text type of the text used by Irenaeus and the likely origin of that text.

Keywords: Irenaeus; Gospels; Alexandrian; Byzantine; Caesarean; Western; Adversus haereses; Codex Bezae; quantitative analysis; variants

Chapter.  8428 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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