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Title: Early Textual Transmission of John: Stability and Fluidity in its Second and Third Century Greek Manuscripts
Author: Bell, Lonnie
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2018
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004361638
Volumes: 1; Pages: 268
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In The Early Textual Transmission of John Lonnie D. Bell utilizes a fresh approach for assessing the character of transmission reflected in the second and third century Greek manuscripts of the Gospel of John. The textual transmission of New Testament writings in the period prior to the fourth century has been characterized by a number of scholars as error-prone, free, fluid, wild, and chaotic. This study is an inquiry into the validity of this general characterization. Since John is the most attested New Testament book among the early papyri, is the best attested in the second century, and has the highest number of papyri that share overlapping text, it serves well as a case study into the level of fluidity and stability of the New Testament text in the earliest period of transmission.