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Title: Ad fontes
Subtitle: Gewinn durch die Konsultation von Originalhandschriften am Beispiel von P. Vindob. G 31974
Author(s): KRAUS, Thomas J.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 82    Issue: 1   Date: 2001   
Pages: 1-16
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.82.1.3200370

Abstract :
By examining only one page of the famous papyrus codex P. Beatty I (P45), namely the recto side of the Vienna Fragment P. Vindob. G 31974, we show that manuscripts possess a relevance that goes beyond the mere reconstruction of the most probable original text of the New Testament when they are considered as unique fingerprints of their age and of the people who produced them. Through precise observations on the fragment itself, in particular of its writing and of the way the page is arranged, we attempt to draw cautious conclusions of a socio-cultural nature to bring into view the people behind P. Vindob. G 31974 by reflecting on its function and purpose, in this way also demonstrating that it is indispensable to consult an original manuscript.

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