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Biblical Manuscripts
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I. Old Testament – II. New Testament – III. Full Manuscripts – IV. Suppplements

I. Old Testament

1. State of scholarship – Overview.

No original manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible have so far been discovered. The text has only been preserved in manuscripts copied by hand over many centuries. The first printings of the Hebrew Bible date to the end of the 15th century (1st full edition Soncino 1488). The discov…

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Fischer, Georg, Welte, Michael and Köster, Beate, “Biblical Manuscripts”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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