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Ad Fontes. Original Manuscripts and Their Significance for by Thomas J. Kraus

By Thomas J. Kraus

After a basic advent Thomas J. Kraus issues out the worth of assessing unique manuscripts for a profound wisdom of early Christianity. this can be performed with assistance from seventeen of his essays formerly released in diversified journals or books now translated into English, enlarged via the present establishment of study, and set in a logical series.

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29 Cf. ’, 49–50. 30 Cf. Römer, ‘Ostraka mit christlichen Texten’, 183–201. The archive is discussed and edited in detail in the same number of ZPE by Funghi/Martinelli, ‘Ostraka letterari inediti della collezione Petrie’, 141–182. 27 22 chapter two manuscripts so that testimonies neglected or even excluded so far will receive the attention they deserve. Once I refer to witnesses to the Lord’s Prayer and to LXX Psalm 90. , Der Text des Neuen Testaments (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2 1989).

Ryl. 11 On the other, this is plainly caused by the fact that the papyri are just the Àrst group of manuscripts of the New Testament in the lists. Correspondingly, the attention of the readers of Kurt Aland’s Reptertorium der griechischen christlichen Papyri I: Biblisch Papyri is directed by that writing material mentioned in the title of the volume. 12 In principle, one cannot help suspecting that—as indispensable as the list of manuscripts is for textual criticism of the New Testament—this formal division into writing materials is too exclusive and other connecting lines between manuscripts have been ignored.

In the present article, a translation of my original contribution to Biblica, I also address the ostraca as indispensable historical testimonies. 30 Thirteen of them preserve verses from the New Testament (Acts, Romans, Galatians, James, 1 John, Jude) and the remaining one has liturgical prayers. Hopefully these artifacts will initiate a re-evaluation of ostraca as worthwhile textual witnesses and at the same time rekindle innovative ideas to optimize lists of New Testament 26 Cf. Kruger, The Gospel of the Savior, 17 n.

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