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The Scribe Of P47

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P47 is a codex dating from the latter part of the third century, which once contained the entire book of Revelation. Fairly well preserved portions of ten folios have survived, and are now in Dublin as Chester Beatty Papyrus III. The large number of asterisked readings is due in part to the fairly limited textual basis utilized by Tischendorf, and in even larger part to the totally comprehensive textual basis utilized by Hoskier. The scribe makes substantial changes to what lay before him, sometimes perhaps carelessly as he repairs his own errors, but sometimes as it seems in order to give what appears to him to be a preferable meaning. In Revelation it is difficult to make the division - natural enough in the Gospels - between harmonization to parallels and harmonization to the context, since the parallels to texts in Revelation are often part of the same context, taken in a wider sense.

Keywords: book of Revelation; Chester Beatty Papyrus III; harmonization; P47

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