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Smith, W. Andrew


A Study of the Gospels in Codex Alexandrinus. Codicology, Palaeography, and Scribal Hands.


Leiden u. a.: Brill 2014. X, 384 S. = New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents, 48. Geb. EUR 126,00. ISBN 978-90-04-26783-1.


J. K. Elliott

A recent and welcomed development in the textual criticism of the Greek Bible has been the study of a few manuscripts as artefacts. Generally, of course, text-critics are more concerned with the dis­tinctiveness of a witness’ variant readings; in the case of Codex Alexandrinus (hereafter A) we may well look at an apparatus criticus to study this fifty-century manuscript’s text of Isaiah or to note its apparent lack of the Pericope adulterae in John or its treatment of John 1:3–4 – invidiously to select only three arbitrary examples. Likewise the bulk of editors may turn to A as an important, basically Hexaplaric, witness to the text of Deuteronomy or for its crucial readings in Revelation or for its having the earliest extant Greek text of 2 and 3 Maccabees. ...

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