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The Unity of Verses 6-10

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The theory of a collection of "Testimonia" or "excerpta" to explain the composite quotations made in the NT was current already in the preceding century. It was given its fullest articulation by J. Rendel Harris in his two volume work Testimonies. In the Testimonia collection edited by Cyprian in the third Christian century as well as in other patristic collections, Harris found examples of a use of OT Testimonies which he felt could be retraced to the NT period. Harris concluded that the Testimonia source supposedly used by NT writers including Peter and Paul was a compilation of Messianic proof-texts intended for the purposes of anti-Jewish polemic. This thesis has found varying degrees of favor among scholars, ranging from whole hearted support to cautious allusions. Among the studies devoted particularly to the Testimony hypothesis and the use of the OT in the NT, Harris has found relatively little support.

Keywords: anti-Jewish polemic; excerpta; J.Rendel Harris; NT writers; Testimonia



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