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The Divine Names In The Corinthian Letters

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Many text-critical variants concern the nomina sacra. Editors of the Greek New Testament need to resolve these variants when printing a critically established text. This chapter concentrates on the four names that are invariably contracted in the manuscripts, namely IC XC KC and TC. In this context conventional wisdom often informs one that scribes were prone to expand divine names out of piety or under the influence of liturgical practice or the lectionary text, and that therefore the original text of the New Testament authors should be the variant with the simplest form. Restricting ourselves to examples in the Corinthian correspondence for the purpose of the chapter, it separates the title in which KC is present, preceding or following IC XC/ XC IC, from those instances where KC is either not present or where its presence is not firm.

Keywords: nomina sacra; Corinthian; lectionary text; New Testament

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