New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity: A Review of the Greek Inscriptions and Papyri Published 1979

New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity: A Review of the Greek Inscriptions and Papyri Published 1979

New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity: A Review of the Greek Inscriptions and Papyri Published 1979

New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity: A Review of the Greek Inscriptions and Papyri Published 1979

Synopsis

This series, produced by the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre at Macquarie University, keeps New Testament and early church researchers abreast of emerging documentary evidence by reproducing and reviewing recently published Greek inscriptions and papyri that help illumine the context in which the Christian church developed.

Excerpt

This Review is primarily a reporting service, designed to make more widely known especially to biblical scholars published texts of philological and historical interest. Those who follow up the bibliographies to particular items will therefore find that much in these pages is derivative, although independent suggestions and comments are also offered. Entries in MM and BAGD are again supplemented/qualified considerably. The character and objectives of the Macquariebased project to rework MM, for which New Docs is intended to serve as a preliminary contribution, is explained in the Preface to New Docs 1976. See also C.J. Hemer, ‘Towards a new Moulton and Milligan’, Novum Testamentum 24 (1982) 97-123. The fifth volume in the New Docs series will consist of several linguistic studies which take their rise from the first four volumes. A new, cumulative set of indexes to the set of five volumes will also be included, bringing this phase of the project to an end. Work on the new MM is now under way.

The reader who has been mainly kept in mind during the writing of entries has been the NT researcher, teacher, or student. While the main focus is upon the NT and the first four centuries, texts of later date have been included if it is judged that they may be of interest to students of that era (e.g., liturgical and homiletical texts; biblical citations). Some entries (e.g., 2, 23, 24, 27) have been included simply because they treat texts representative of the times in some way, and make a general contribution to understanding the background of the NT and the world of early Christianity.

This volume treats texts published during 1979, either for the first time or as re-editions, in corpora and ‘conspectus’ volumes (such as AE, BE, SEG). Occasionally such a text will render necessary a more-than-passing discussion of texts published at some earlier date, which were not re-published in 1979. Following the practice of SEG, we have not refrained from including occasional references to texts and discussions published after 1979, where they are relevant. The emphasis is heavily upon Greek texts, although Latin documents and occasionally ones including Semitic words are noticed. Corpora consisting entirely of, e.g., Latin inscriptions, or hieroglyphic, demotic or Coptic papyri have not been taken into account.

The inscriptions of Ephesos, collected in eight volumes in the Inschriften von Kleinasien series and published between 1979-84, have naturally provided a major focus for the present Review. This Repertorium contains over 3,500 items. Although vols. lb (commentary to the texts in la) and VIII.3 (the last of the index volumes) are still awaited, it was decided to cull the whole set of these inscriptions in this present volume.

Listed below are all collections for the year 1979 which have been read, arranged according to the abbreviations used in this volume. Where the abbreviation is bracketed, the work was read, but no texts were selected for noting here. Volume number and date are provided throughout the Review for all texts from non-1979 corpora. Where no volume number and date are given, the reference is to a publication of 1979 as listed below. Occasional publications from 1976-1978 which were missed have been included.

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