Praxis in Manuscripts of the Greek Testament: The Machanical and Literary Processes Involved in Their Writing and Preservation. With Tables of Aphabet and Manuscripts and Fifteen Facsimile Plates

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Eaton & Mains, 1898 - Bible - 79 pages
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There is not much in Sitterly's book that is new or particularly insightful, but it is nice to have the various aspects of the backgrounds of the New Testament documents -- right down to details about how papyrus-pages were manufactured -- in one place.

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Page 3 - Praxis in Manuscripts of the Greek Testament. The mechanical and literary processes involved in their writing and preservation. With Table of MSS. and Thirteen Facsimile Plates.
Page 20 - It was particularly the influence of the Christian Church that eventually carried vellum into the front rank of writing materials and in the end displaced papyrus. As papyrus had been the principal material for receiving the thoughts of the pagan world, vellum was to be the great medium for conveying to mankind the literature of the new religion.
Page 23 - Introduction to the New Testament, remarking that " Lost portions of parchment or vellum MSS. are often supplied in paper by some later hand ; but the Codex Leicestrensis is unique in this respect, being composed of a mixture of inferior vellum and worse paper, regularly arranged in the proportion of two parchment to three paper leaves, recurring alternately throughout the volume." Now in these statements we have no clue to the structure of the quire : the Leicester Codex is further not unique either...
Page 21 - ... the material, the oldest being almost invariably described on the thinnest and whitest vellum that could be procured ; while manuscripts of later ages, being usually composed of parchment, are thick, discoloured, and coarsely grained. Thus the Codex Friderico-Augustanus of the fourth century is made of the finest skins of antelopes, the leaves being so large, that a single animal would furnish only two (Tischendorf, Prolegomena, 1).
Page 36 - ... facing the beginning of the lines, often gave a clue to the direction in which they were meant to be read. As a general rule, the Indo-Europeans wrote from left to right, the Semites from right to left. The Laws of Solon and other Greek writings of that period (about 600 BC) appeared in lines running alternately from right to left and from left to right, as an ox walks in ploughing ; this " ox-turning system " (boustrophedori), however, was soon followed by our present method.
Page 42 - ... duty for the units, the second for the tens, and the third for the hundreds.
Page 16 - Above all, this plant is useful as a means of subsistence, since the inhabitants chew it either raw, boiled, or roasted, drawing the juice and rejecting the fiber."* It was also used in the construction of light skiffs suitable for navigating the shallows of the Kile.
Page 39 - Kenyon that the paleography of Greek papyri anticipated in its development the subsequent history of writing upon vellum, so that the corresponding styles of writing on the two materials are not contemporary, but are separated by some centuries of time.
Page 18 - November, h'cient space on the principal page, or it may be a later addition. Thousands of papyri have confirmed this...
Page 34 - They also marked the number of lines at every fiftieth or hundredth line, in their copy of the book for the purpose ostensibly of literary reference.3

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