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The Text of Matthew 1.16

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This chapter considers three patristic witnesses which have been thought to support an aberrant form of the text of Mt. 1.16. The most important of these is the Greek Dialogue of Timothy and Aquila; the other two are relatively late Syriac and Arabic witnesses. At the beginning of the twentieth century F.O. Conybeare argued on the basis of evidence derived from a newly edited patristic document, the Dialogue of Timothy and Aquila, that the original text of Mt. 1.16 in all probability read, "and Jacob begot Joseph, and Joseph begot Jesus who is called Christ". Another patristic witness that has been thought to support the reading of Mt. 1.16 in the Sinaitic Syriac manuscript is the twelfth century Jacobite ecclesiastic, Dionysius Barsalibi, bishop of Amida. Hermann von Soden. A third witness that has been thought to support the reading of the Sinaitie Syriac is one manuscript of the Arabic Diatessaron.

Keywords: Arabic witnesses; Arabie Diatessaron manuscript; Greek Dialogue of Timothy and Aquila; Jacobite ecclesiastic; Matthew 1.16; Sinaitic Syriac manuscript; Syriac witnesses



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