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Manuscripts, The Codex And The Canon

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In any discussion of the canon of both Old and New Testaments patristic evidence is recognized as having crucial importance. Equally significant sources of informationall too frequently neglectedare extant biblical MSS. This chapter investigates the evidence of MSS and versions concerning the contents of both testaments. First it focuses on the New Testament. The chapter then looks at the reasons why certain Old Testament books were separated from others in modern versions. It draws attention to the differences not only between the Hebrew and Alexandrian canons but also between the often fluctuating contents of Hebrew, Syriac, Latin and Greek manuscripts of the Old Testament. In many ways modern readers of the English Old Testament are familiar with the contents of the Hebrew scriptures in the Palestinian canonthe Law, the Prophets and the Writings.

Keywords: canon; New Testament; Old Testament; patristic evidence



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