By W. Andrew Smith
Codex Alexandrinus is likely one of the 3 earliest surviving complete Greek Bibles and is a crucial fifth-century witness to the Christian Scriptures, but no significant research of the codex has been played in over a century. In A research of the Gospels in Codex Alexandrinus W. Andrew Smith provides a clean and highly-detailed exam of the codex and its wealthy number of positive aspects utilizing codicology, palaeography, and statistical research. one of the highlights of this examine, W. Andrew Smith’s paintings overturns the view unmarried scribe used to be chargeable for copying the canonical books of the hot testomony and demonstrates that the orthographic styles within the Gospels can not be used to argue for Egyptian provenance of the codex.
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For this calculation, see the section on lacunae later in the chapter. Henry Hervey Baber, Vetus Testamentum Græcum e Codice MS. Alexandrino: Prolegomena et notæ (London: Richard Taylor, 1828), ii. The filler material, which is slightly yellow in coloration, appears to be parchment; this cannot be confirmed in all instances. I have been unable to discover best practices of manuscript restoration from the handpress era. 21 Compared to the fourth-century Codex Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus is currently in much more fragile condition; the OT books of Alexandrinus have deteriorated more than those of the NT.
105 This argument was also made by Kenyon (Handbook to the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, 76). chapter 2 Codicology Codicology of Greek biblical manuscripts in the Roman and Early Byzantine periods is a relatively nascent field, and scholarship in this area does not offer a well-developed methodology,1 especially when compared to scholarship on medieval2 or even Coptic3 manuscripts. 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.
1 (January 2005). Utilizing the data collection and analysis of previous scholarship and synthesizing that work in a holistic manner, Wasserman was able to produce a codicological story for a key NT manuscript. The data he considered were very broad in scope, but essential to codicological investigation when available and included: the quire structure, the manuscript dimensions, delineation of scribal hands, scribal notes, orthography, the transmission history of the codex, the (possibly changing) order of the books included in the codex, the binding, lacunae, and the use of nomina sacra, punctuation, and diacritical marks.
A Study of the Gospels in Codex Alexandrinus: Codicology, Palaeography, and Scribal Hands (New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents, Volume 48) by W. Andrew Smith