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Methodology in Identifying Patristic Citations in NT Textual Criticism

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After advancing a preliminary list of criteria for identifying patristic biblical citations, Fee called for adequate guidelines for assessing their text critical usability. Drawing illustrations primarily from fresh assessments of references in Hippolytus, Methodius, Origen, and Epiphanius for Novum Testamentum Graecum, Osburn advances the discussion regarding citations, adaptations, allusions, reminiscences, and locutions. Simple verbal precision is inadequate to establish a reference as reflective of an exemplar. A quotation must be read in its patristic context in order to determine how the text is actually used and in what way it probably reflects a text known to the Father.


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