Notes on the Nomina Sacra and Biblical Interpretation

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This essay offers rather comprehensive statistics on the occurrence of nomina sacra in our earliest New Testament manuscripts. The figures arrived at for 74 early NT manuscripts are systematically presented and compared to the nomina sacra profile in some later manuscripts, such as Codex Vaticanus, Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Bezae and Codex Washingtonianus. Some suggestions are made, partly differing from previous models, as to the chronological development of the system of nomina sacra. Some reflection on the significance of the scribal practice and on early Christian Name theology conclude the study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond Biblical Theologies
EditorsHeinrich Assel, Stephan Beyerle, Christfried Böttrich
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)978-3-16-151001-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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PublisherMohr Siebeck


  • nomina sacra
  • divine name
  • New Testament papyri
  • Codex Vaticanus
  • Codex Sinaiticus
  • Codex Bezae
  • Codex Washingtonianus
  • biblical interpretation
  • canon
  • christology


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