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Considerations on the Coptic Papyrus of the Didache (British Library Oriental Manuscript 9271)

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This chapter describes the Coptic papyrus of the Didache, provides a photograph of the manuscript, and offers suggestions about its history. The Coptic papyrus of the Didache contains a text which corresponds to Did 10.3b-12.2a. It is the oldest preserved witness to the text of this section. Since it contains a considerable number of variants from the sole leading Greek manuscript, the Coptic text poses a serious challenge for every scientific editor and reader of the Didache. The authors of this article have worked in collaboration in the belief that further consideration of this papyrus can help to dispel certain misconceptions about the manuscript and can lead towards a more adequate evaluation of this textual witness. Current papyrological and codicological knowledge would indicate that the sheet was originally cut from a roll of papyrus in order to serve as a double-leaf in a codex.

Keywords: Coptic Papyrus; Didache; Greek manuscript



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