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The Scribe Of P72

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Papyrus Bodmer VII-VIII, designated P72, constitutes two non-contiguous sections of a collection of diverse literary works. These works were copied by four or five scribes. The dispute about the identification of scribes involves merely Melito's homily and the next fragment. The two New Testament portions of this collection are together known as P72. This chapter investigates the habits of the scribe of Jude and 1-2 Pet as shown in those books of the New Testament. The scribe P72 spells very irregularly, and thus creates a high percentage of readings involving orthographic variations. The scribe often creates readings by harmonization to the context, but also is influenced by remote parallels to an extent unexpected given the books that are copied. P72 gives evidence of some theological purpose in the scribe's creation of singulars: two singular readings and one asterisked reading appear to reflect the scribe's belief that Christ was fully God.

Keywords: Christ; God; New Testament; scribe of 1-2 Pet; scribe of Jude; scribe of P72



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