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The Distinctiveness Of The Greek Manuscripts Of The Book Of Revelation

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The latest edition of the definitive register of Greek New Testament manuscripts lists about 5000 manuscripts divided into the conventional, although somewhat arbitrary, categories of papyri, uncials, cursives and lectionaries. 303 manuscripts contain the Book of Revelation. Some manuscripts contain only Revelation, some contain other portions of the New Testament alongside Revelation. The latest Nestle edition of the critical Greek text of the New Testament claims to include all the uncials among its constantly cited witnesses in its critical apparatus of Revelation. More work needs to be done on describing the contents of manuscripts containing Revelation (particularly those containing only Revelation from among canonical texts). Again, this may say something about how this manuscript was regarded and used, especially by a Greek church that only belatedly accepted Revelation into its canon and which excludes readings from Revelation in its ecclesiastical lectionary.

Keywords: Book of Revelation; Greek manuscripts; New Testament



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