In Greek New Testament Manuscripts from Albania Didier Lafleur and Luc Brogly explore the riches of a unique collection of twenty-one Byzantine artefacts, among which the world-famous Beratinus 1 and Beratinus 2, both included by UNESCO in the Memory of the World Register. First described at the end of the 19th century by Anthimos Alexoudis, then revealed to Western scholarship by Pierre Batiffol, yet this collection has remained unknown to textual critics and no major analysis of it has been performed in over a century.
Based on a fresh autopsy of the documents, the book describes the artefacts physically and analyses textual features and variant readings of each. This monograph will be of vital interest to any scholar or advanced student in the fields of Greek New Testament textual criticism and codicology.
Didier Lafleur, Ph.D., is a member of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, CNRS, Paris. He has published on Greek New Testament textual criticism, especially on the manuscripts of Family 13 (NTTSD 41, Brill 2013). He is currently at work on manuscripts of Family 1.
Luc Brogly, Ph.D., is Research Affiliate at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, CNRS, Paris. Mainly involved in modern Church history, he is at work on a biography of Pierre Batiffol.
This lavish and important volume is a boon for New testament critics …. In particular, text critics will be indebted to Lafleur and Brogly for their painstaking and highly valuable work. This will be a seminal and central work on this collection for decades to come.
Paul Foster, The Expository Times, 2019
Lafleur's work will be a requirement for any future work on these witnesses, and on other Greek NEW Testament manuscripts in Albania. We thank him and his assistant for their dogged patience and skilful presentation of their resultant chapters. And we also thank Brill for publishing this handsome book to add to our growing sets of their indispensable text-critical tools.
Keith Elliott, Novum Testamentum, 2019
This work will be of great importance for textual scholars and modern historians. It is comprehensive, detailes, and as such makes a lasting contribution to the field.
Sean Adams, The New Testament Booklist, 2019
À n’en pas douter, ce volume remarquable par sa rigueur et l’exploitation de nombreuses sources difficiles d’accès marque une étape importante dans la redécouverte des manuscrits grecs d’Albanie.
Christophe Guignard, Revue des Sciences Religieuses, 2019
All interested in textual criticism of the Greek New Testament, and anyone concerned with codicology and palaeography of the Greek manuscripts, especially those housed in the Albanian National Archives or originated from Albania.