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By Thomas J. Kraus

After a common creation Thomas J. Kraus issues out the worth of assessing unique manuscripts for a profound wisdom of early Christianity. this is often performed with the aid of seventeen of his essays formerly released in diversified journals or books now translated into English, enlarged through the present establishment of analysis, and set in a logical series.

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Stanley E. Porter asked me to integrate this study, too. I have never seen the original of the stamp-sized papyrus scrap of 7Q5—but I have looked at innumerable (probably far too many) photographs, illustrations, and computer animations—so that this is proof of what I wrote about the respect I owe those who deduce from the works of others, rely or have to rely on them, and take courage to build hypotheses on them. Personally I was drawn into the discussion of 7Q5 during the preparation of another seminar on textual criticism, because a contemporary conference on Qumran and discussions of 7Q5 in nearby Eichstätt University motivated students and colleagues to answer the opposing positions, just as if the issue of 7Q5 would have been fundamental for the correct understanding of early Christianity.

E. the reconstruction of the best text for each passage of the Greek New Testament, bring with them the reality that many other pieces of information will be left out of account. The relevant academic discipline papyrology mostly takes papyri as the oldest accessible and above all Àrst-hand sources, as Àngerprints of a bygone time that had become Àxed in individual material, in a speciÀc layout of the page and performance of the writing, and in the orthography of a manuscript. On that condition, observations made with the help of an original manuscript facilitate sociological, religio- and socio-historical, and historico-cultural conclusions4 that * Originally published as ‘Ad fontes: Gewinn durch die Konsultation von Originalhandschriften am Beispiel von P.

F. 4 [P]’, 45–61 and plates 3–4. Pal. XI 114 and Mercati, ‘Frammenti di Aquilo o di Simmaco’, 266–72. 4 chapter one text, or who has made notes of this and that. It took me three days until I was capable of doing what Hermann Harrauer invited me to do at my arrival: whenever you come up with a question, simply ask. ” “Simply read papyri and tell about what you see there”, Harrauer responded willingly before recommending Seider’s Palaeographie der griechischen Papyri, because it has good plates and a Àne selection of items.

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