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Bible Manuscripts and Editions
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1.1. Background

In antiquity the materials used for Bible MSS were leather, parchment, and papyrus. The parchment was prepared from the skins of sheep, goats, antelopes, and other animals. Papyrus, which was made from the pith of the papyrus plant that grows in the marshes of the Nile, was imported from Egypt but usually did not last long in damp climates.

The usual form for a literary document was the scroll (see, for example, Jeremiah 36; Ep. Arist. 177), especially for Jewish Scriptures used in worship services. In…

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Smend, Rudolf, Rhodes, with Erroll F., Metzger, Bruce M., Rhodes, Erroll F. and Köster, Beate, “Bible Manuscripts and Editions”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 02 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B195>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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