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2 Codicology

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Traditional analysis of the physical characteristics of many early biblical manuscripts/codices is often of limited use because much of the surviving material is fragmentary. Paul Canart's work on Codex Vaticanus, and Jongkind's study of scribal habits in Codex Sinaiticus provide masterful starting points for pursuing various elements of codicological analysis. A twentieth-century suggestion regarding the ancient binding of Alexandrinus posited that one of the inscriptions made during the lifetime of the codex may offer a clue as to how it was bound at that time. Most of the lacunae in the codex are easy enough to locate by simply identifying gaps in the contents of the biblical books. Analysis of the quire structure and transmission units found in Alexandrinus indicates that the order of the books found in the Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT) volumes of the codex represent the original arrangement of the manuscript.

Keywords: biblical books; Codex Alexandrinus; Codex Sinaiticus; Codex Vaticanus; codicological analysis; New Testament (NT); Old Testament (OT); Paul Canart



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