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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 essays on the four names that are invariably contracted in the manuscripts, namely IC XC KC and ΘC. It describes Paul's established practice and the context of the variants. Many variants also concern the sequence of the combined names IC and XC. In this context conventional wisdom often informs that scribes were prone to expand divine names out of piety or under the influence of liturgical practice or the lectionary text. The chapter reveals on many occasions the carelessness of scribes concerning the reproduction of the divine names. Some variants, however, are deliberate to provide explanations or to avoid apparent ambiguity. Sometimes an expansion may be due to piety and the influence of liturgical formulae.

Keywords: divine names; Greek New Testament; nomina sacra; Paul



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