Ad Fontes. Original Manuscripts and Their Significance for by Thomas J. Kraus

By Thomas J. Kraus

After a common creation Thomas J. Kraus issues out the price of assessing unique manuscripts for a profound wisdom of early Christianity. this is often performed with assistance from seventeen of his essays formerly released in various journals or books now translated into English, enlarged by way of the present established order of study, and set in a logical series.

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By introducing the categories ‘ostraca’ and ‘talismans’ he pursued the aim with the latter “daß diese Gruppe, die verschiedenes Schreibmaterial zeigt, durch ‚ = Talisman auf einen Einheitsnenner gebracht ist”16 (‘that this group presents the different writing materials and is united in the category ‚ = talisman’). 17 Verses from LXX Ps 90 are preserved on papyrus, parchment, wood, stone (lintels, sarcophagi, walls), bronze and silver (armbands, rings), alone or together with other texts. Of course, there are differences between the objects as far as the quality and reliability of their text is concerned in terms of textual criticism.

8 However, where does the concentration of many Biblical scholars on the writing material as a central piece of information originate? 10 6 Instructive and at the same time essential information on how to edit a papyrus and related objects with is offered by Turner, Greek Papyri, 202–3. 7 In general cf. Kraus ‘Ad fontes’, 1–16. Oxy. 655’, 84–7. 8 Cf. Oxy. 840’, 81–94. Finally, Kruger could have integrated additional paleographical observations in order to support his theses (for instance, an in-depth description of the hand of the scribe; the page layout; the usage of two different inks—black and red; the size of the fragment in relation to its questionable usage as amulet which is taken for granted quite often in secondary literature [the fragment does not have any foldings]).

29 Cf. ’, 49–50. 30 Cf. Römer, ‘Ostraka mit christlichen Texten’, 183–201. The archive is discussed and edited in detail in the same number of ZPE by Funghi/Martinelli, ‘Ostraka letterari inediti della collezione Petrie’, 141–182. 27 22 chapter two manuscripts so that testimonies neglected or even excluded so far will receive the attention they deserve. Once I refer to witnesses to the Lord’s Prayer and to LXX Psalm 90. , Der Text des Neuen Testaments (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2 1989).

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