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Singular Readings In The Gospel Text Of Papyrus 45

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No two manuscript copies of the Greek New Testament agree in all particulars. Readers and users of the Gospels in a particular ancient Christian community accepted the version of those books, which happened to be in their personal copy. Similarly, the users of the Gospel text of P45, the Chester Beatty Papyrus I (PCBI), are unlikely to have indulged themselves with a comparison of their manuscript with any differing wording remembered from another manuscript. Much deliberate alteration took place in effect to assimilate parallel texts, the commonly recognised harmonising of Gospel parallels especially to conform Mark and Luke to the wording in Matthew being the most frequent. Readers familiar with the Gospels can identify some places where PCBI supports a reading differing from another text; at other times readers may see a form of words hitherto unknown from other Gospel manuscripts. The chapter concentrates on the distinctive readings of PCBI.

Keywords: Gospel text; Greek New Testament; Luke; Mark; Matthew; Papyrus; PCBI; singular readings



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