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This front matter section of the book A Study of the Gospels in Codex Alexandrinus: Codicology, Palaeography, and Scribal Hands contains the table of contents, acknowledgements, abbreviations and abstract. The fifth-century manuscript known as the Codex Alexandrinus contains the entirety of the Greek Old and New Testaments and is a landmark in the history of the Bible. Though Alexandrinus represents a primary witness to the biblical text, no modern palaeographical or codicological analysis of the manuscript has been performed: the most in-depth studies of the codex pre-date the great papyrological finds of the twentieth century. The book overturns the view that a single scribe was responsible for copying the canonical New Testament books and demonstrates that the orthography of the Gospels can no longer be used to argue for the Egyptian provenance of the codex.

Keywords: Bible; canonical New Testament books; Codex Alexandrinus; Gospels



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