The Construction of P.Bodmer viii and the Bodmer “Composite” or “Miscellaneous” Codex

in Novum Testamentum
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The construction of the so-called Bodmer Composite or Miscellaneous codex has been an ongoing problem since the publication of its constituent parts began in the 1950s. A recent inspection of high resolution digital images of P.Bodmer viii shows compellingly that this portion of the codex had more than one phase of use, was originally part of a separate codex, and was only later removed and joined to the other sections of the Bodmer “composite” codex. The New Testament manuscript known as P72 (P.Bodmer vii + P.Bodmer viii) is thus a codicological unity only in a secondary sense.

The Construction of P.Bodmer viii and the Bodmer “Composite” or “Miscellaneous” Codex

in Novum Testamentum

References

  • 2

    As of January 2016lower resolution digital images of P.Bodmer viii have become available online at http://digi.vatlib.it/view/MSS_Pap.Bodmer.viii.

  • 8

    For textual studies see e.g. S. KuboP72 and the Codex Vaticanus (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press1965) and J.R. Royse Scribal Habits in Early Greek New Testament Papyri (Leiden: Brill 2008) 545-614. Two important codicological studies (to be discussed in more detail below) are K. Junack and W. Grunewald Das Neue Testament auf Papyrus i. Die katholischen Briefe (Berlin: de Gruyter 1986) 16-25 and Wasserman “Papyrus 72 and the Bodmer Miscellaneous Codex.”

  • 14

    Wasserman“Papyrus 72 and the Bodmer Miscellaneous Codex” 143-144.

  • 31

    D.C. ParkerTextual Scholarship and the Making of the New Testament (Oxford: Oxford University Press2012) 32-40 esp. 36-37.

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    P.Bodmer viii, page λδ (↓) + page λα (→).

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    P.Bodmer viii, blank page (→) + page λε (→).

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    P.Bodmer viii, page λβ (↓) + page λγ (→).

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    P.Bodmer viii, page λϛ (↓) + blank page (→).

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    Final phase of construction of the quires of P.Bodmer viii.
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    Possible original constructions of quire 3 of P.Bodmer viii.
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    P.Bodmer viii, page λδ (↓) + page λα (→), detail of holes straddling central fold.

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