Early Christian Manuscripts: Examples of Applied Method and Approach

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For the reconstruction of early Christianity, the lives of early Christians, their world of ideas, their ways of living, and their literature. Early Christian manuscripts - documents and literary texts - are pivotal archaeological artefacts. However, the manuscripts often came to us in fragmentary conditions, incomplete or with gaps and missing lines. Others appear to form a corpus, belong to an archive, or are connected with each other as far as theme or purpose are concerned. The present collection comprises of...

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For the reconstruction of early Christianity, the lives of early Christians, their world of ideas, their ways of living, and their literature. Early Christian manuscripts - documents and literary texts - are pivotal archaeological artefacts. However, the manuscripts often came to us in fragmentary conditions, incomplete or with gaps and missing lines. Others appear to form a corpus, belong to an archive, or are connected with each other as far as theme or purpose are concerned. The present collection comprises of nine essays about individual or a set of certain manuscripts. With their essays the authors aim to present special approaches to early Christian manuscripts and, consequently, demonstrate methodically how to deal with them. The scope of topics ranges from the reconstruction of fragmentary manuscripts to the significance of amulets and from the discussion of individual fragments to the handling of the known manuscripts of a specific Christian text or a whole archive of papyri.

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Thomas J. Kraus, Ph.D. (2000) in New Testament Study, University of Regensburg, is a private scholar, teaching at a German grammar school and involved in several research projects. He has published, in addition to several studies in research journals, Ad Fontes: Original Manuscripts and Their Significance for Stuying Early Christianity: Selected Essays (Brill, 2007) and Gospel Fragments together with Michael J. Kruger and Tobias Nicklas (OECGT, Oxford, 2009).

Tobias Nicklas, Ph.D. (2000), Habilitation (2004), is Chair of New Testament at the Faculty of Theology, University of Regensburg, Germany. He has published widely on New Testament and Christian apocryphal texts, New Testament hermeneutics and textual history.

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