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Orthographic Phenomena

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This chapter presents a distribution of total of 261 singular readings, 62 or 63 or 64 asterisked readings, and 193 corrections that have been assigned to this category. It discusses clearly the influence of phonological factors on the transmission of the text. Naturally, some of the instability of the transmission at this point is owing simply to the fact that the notion of a fixed orthography, a correct spelling, was yet to be established. The variety of spelling in the non-literary papyri is, of course, well known, but one finds remarkable orthography even in later New Testament manuscripts. All the readings cited in chapters 3-9 as orthographic singulars or as orthographic asterisked readings (abbreviated as "ast.") or as corrections by the first hand involving orthographic shifts are classified according to Gignac's categories.

Keywords: New Testament manuscripts; orthographic asterisked readings; singular readings



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