Dating new testament manuscripts
Such an insight would have strengthened Bagnall’s case of the ideologically driven nature of the dating of many New Testament papyri. Scholars and interested laymen alike have traditionally held the assumption that the codex form was especially popular amongst Christians and that the eventual predominance of the Church was somehow linked with the eventual prevalence of the codex.The case for the spread of Christianity in Egypt beyond the confines of Alexandria as occurring in the third rather than the second century may also be a corrective to prevailing theories. Bagnall shows that this cannot really be demonstrated from a statistical analysis of the data.In particular we shall examine the manuscripts appealed to by Thiede as palaeographically similar to P64. After a discussion of the history of the study of this manuscript (section II, an area not covered by Thiede), we shall begin our analysis with the manuscript itself (including a plate) and a transcription which varies at a number of points from that of Thiede (section III). The radical transformation of the original phrase in so short a period of time is always good for a few laughs.This comparison is enough to convince the casual skeptic that the New Testament documents are equally unreliable.
The printing press was invented in the middle of the fifteenth century, which explains much of the drop on the right of the chart.The page references are from Pasquale Orsini & Willy Clarysse, “Early New Testament Manuscripts and Their Dates: A Critique of Theological Palaeography,” Other manuscripts (the majority) are thus dated by comparing their handwriting to datable scripts. Ultimately Bagnall makes two important claims in this book that require consideration.This gives a relative, not absolute, date for most. First, there has been a tendency to date Christian papyri too early. Köln 255, which is a continuation of one of the pages of P. Köln 255 containing a punctuation mark not evidenced prior to the end of the second century.When a Christian caller contested her view with an appeal to the New Testament, Mac Laine brushed him off with the objection that the Bible has been changed and translated so many times over the last 2000 years that it's impossible to have any confidence in its accuracy.King was quick to endorse her "facts." "Everyone knows that," he grunted.