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Coincidence of Numerical Abbreviations in the Western Paulines

Authors
  • Cole, Zachary J.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2016
Volume
62
Issue
2
Pages
350–360
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/apf-2016-0028
Source
De Gruyter
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Abstract

This study tests the possibility that the presence of numerical shorthand in a literary manuscript can hold genealogical significance. The number-writing techniques of a family of New Testament manuscripts are compared, concentrating on coincidental usage of alphabetic numerals in specific passages. It is shown that some - though not all - scribes mimicked the distinctive number-styles of their Vorlage(n), which suggests that in certain cases such abbreviations can function as visual indications of a manuscript’s genealogy.

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