By D. C. Parker

ISBN-10: 0521719895

ISBN-13: 9780521719896

This 2008 booklet is an incredible English-language advent to the earliest manuscripts of the hot testomony. a vital guide for students and scholars, it offers a radical grounding within the research and modifying of the recent testomony textual content mixed with an emphasis at the dramatic present advancements within the box. protecting historical resources in Greek, Syriac, Latin and Coptic, it: • describes the manuscripts and different historic textual proof, and the instruments had to learn them • bargains with textual feedback and textual modifying, describing glossy techniques and methods, with tips at the use of versions • introduces the witnesses and textual examine of every of the most sections of the recent testomony, discussing common versions and their importance. A significant other site with full-colour pictures presents beneficiant quantities of illustrative fabric, bringing the topic alive for the reader.

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Turner challenges the traditional view that parchment came first, arguing for the priority of papyrus on the grounds of format. He concludes judiciously ‘I am not here trying to argue at all costs to assert the priority of papyrus over parchment in the development of the codex, but I am arguing that the automatic assumption of the contrary needs a new justification’ (Typology, p. 40). This brief summary has set out the main lines of enquiry: the emergence of two formats (codex and roll) and two materials (papyrus and parchment).

It is only comparatively recently that the information has become available which makes it possible to develop detailed hypotheses with regard to the transition from the roll to the codex. A hundred years ago scholars could only observe the fact that the codex had taken over from the roll by the end of the fourth century. Today the study of newly found literary texts written on papyrus before the fourth century has illuminated some aspects of the developments which went before. It is important to note that there were two developments, not necessarily dependent upon each other, which took place in the period between the first and fourth centuries.

15)) is as follows: Qui tecum cupis esse meos ubicumque libellos et comites longae quaeris habere uiae, hos eme, quos artat brevibus membrana tabellis: scrinia da magnis, me manus una capit. Ne tamen ignores ubi sim uenalis et erres urbe uagus tota, me duce certus eris: libertum docti Lucensis quaere Secundum limina post Pacis Palladiumque forum. No variants are recorded in this edition. The text is identical to that given and discussed by Roberts and Skeat. 16 The documents The attractions set out by Martial are that the codex can easily be taken anywhere, that it does not need a box to be kept in (being within the box of its own covers) and that it can be held in one hand (unlike a roll, whose two ends are held in the two hands).

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