The Latin New Testament: A Guide to its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts

ISBN : 9780198744733

H. A. G. Houghton
400 Pages
162 x 240 mm
Pub date
Feb 2016
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Latin is the language in which the New Testament was copied, read, and studied for over a millennium. The remains of the initial 'Old Latin' version preserve important testimony for early forms of text and the way in which the Bible was understood by the first translators. Successive revisions resulted in a standard version subsequently known as the Vulgate which, along with the creation of influential commentaries by scholars such as Jerome and Augustine, shaped theology and exegesis for many centuries. Latin gospel books and other New Testament manuscripts illustrate the continuous tradition of Christian book culture, from the late antique codices of Roman North Africa and Italy to the glorious creations of Northumbrian scriptoria, the pandects of the Carolingian era, eleventh-century Giant Bibles, and the Paris Bibles associated with the rise of the university. In The Latin New Testament, H.A.G. Houghton provides a comprehensive introduction to the history and development of the Latin New Testament. Drawing on major editions and recent advances in scholarship, he offers a new synthesis which brings together evidence from Christian authors and biblical manuscripts from earliest times to the late Middle Ages. All manuscripts identified as containing Old Latin evidence for the New Testament are described in a catalogue, along with those featured in the two principal modern editions of the Vulgate. A user's guide is provided for these editions and the other key scholarly tools for studying the Latin New Testament.


List of Images
List of Abbreviations
Part One: History
1 From the Origins to the End of the Third Century
2 The Fourth Century and the Beginning of the Vulgate
3 Competing Texts
4 The Eighth and Ninth Centuries
5 The Tenth Century Onwards
Part Two: Texts
6 Editions and Resources
7 Latin as a Witness for the Greek New Testament
8 The Text of the Early Latin New Testament
Part Three: Manuscripts
9 Features of Latin Biblical Manuscripts
Appendix 1: Concordances of Manuscript Sigla
Appendix 2: Additional Manuscripts Cited in Vetus Latina Editions
Appendix 3: Additional Gospel Manuscripts
Index of Manuscripts
Index of Biblical Passages
Index of Ancient Authors
Index of Subjects

About the author: 

H.A.G. Houghton is Reader in New Testament Textual Scholarship at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Deputy Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. He is one of the editors of the Gospel according to John and corresponding editor for the principal Pauline Epistles in the Vetus Latina series.

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