By Colin. H Roberts
The origins and improvement of the Church in Egypt stay one of many vexed difficulties of early Christian historical past. In his Schweich Lectures, added in 1977, Dr C. H. Roberts examines the proof of the Christian papyri came upon in Egypt to determine what gentle they forged at the difficulties and the way a ways they aid statements in our historical specialists or the theories of contemporary students. between concerns mentioned are the impression of Judaism and no matter if Gnosticism was once fairly as strong within the first 3 centuries in Egypt as is usually suggestion; specific consciousness is paid to the old value in those early manuscripts of the nomina sacra, the abbreviations of the divine names.
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Skeat (op. , p. 72) is inclined to attribute the invention of the papyrus codex as a vehicle for Christian manuscripts as well as that of the nomina sacra to some 'dominating genius at work in the field of the earliest Christian literature'. , John 17: 12 and for the identity of name and person I Clement 59, 3. 4 Acts, 1-7. I 2 NOMINA SACRA 42 again in 19: 1-6 the Word of God has written on him 'a name known to none but himself' and on his robe and thigh were written King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
No. 30, 1974), who maintains that contraction is not a principle known to Greek systems of abbreviation. 2 See E. G. Turner, GMAW, p. 17. 3 Traube, op. , p. 22. 4 See. C. H. Turner in Miscellanea Ehrle (Studi e Testi, 40, (1920)), iv, p. 64; 'Only the primary four ... are everywhere and always abbreviated'. 6, see H. C. Youtie's note on P. Mich. lnv. 337, 4 (late fourth century) in ZPE 22 (1976), p. 66. 6 For eccentric forms in some documents see P. Merton ii. 93 and P. , p. 42. 28 NOMINA SACRA few instances of words outside the standard list being contracted; some come from the pen of an obviously unskilled or ignorant scribe, but one or two (which will be examined later) occur in one of the earliest of all Christian papyri and witness to a stage at which the system was still to some extent fluid.
Lit. Zt. '954, 11, p. 2), but subsequently changed his mind and in The Cairo Geniza 2 (London, 1959), p. 219 claimed P. Oxy. iv. 656 for Judaism. What is true is that the contracted form of KVPWS is in the first three centuries the mark of a Christian manuscript. 2 See M. Delcor, Des diverses manieres d'rcrire le tetragramme sacre dans les anciens documents hebrafques in Rev. Hist. Relig. 147 (1955), pp. '49-73. 3 For this see the comments of Fran<;oise Dunand in Papyrus grecs bibliques (Cairo, '966), p.
Manuscript, Society and Belief in Early Christian Egypt (Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology) by Colin. H Roberts