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The Recensions And The Manuscript Tradition

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The two Syriac recensions of the Legend bear a great resemblance to each other, but also each contain some distinctive elements. The narrative framework is supplied by the itinerant monk who finds Baḥīrā in the desert, as we know it from the other recensions. This chapter determines the interrelationships between the different recensions on the one hand and the different manuscripts on the other. It begins by comparing the recensions, and then compares the manuscripts within the individual recensions. Of the two surviving manuscripts of the Latin recension, the fourteenth century manuscript from the Bibliothèque Nationale [Lp] has been edited. A fragment of the East-Syrian recension, which was in the possession of Rev. A. Yohannan, lecturer in Oriental Languages at Columbia University.

Keywords: Latin recension; manuscript tradition



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