The Claromontanus stichometry and its canonical implications

Rodenbiker, K. G. (2021) The Claromontanus stichometry and its canonical implications. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 44(2), pp. 240-253. (doi: 10.1177/0142064X211055647)

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The stichometric list inserted into the sixth-century Codex Claromontanus presents a NT list of 27 books, but not the familiar canonical collection. Alongside one OT (Judith) and five NT titles (ad petrum prima, Barnabas, the Shepherd, the Acts of Paul, and the Revelation of Peter) horizontal dashes have been placed, which are commonly said to denote secondary status. A history of misunderstanding surrounding these obeli, originating with Tischendorf in the nineteenth century, has obscured the stichometry’s role in the history of the NT canon. This article traces that history, showing that the later addition of the obeli indicates precisely the opposite of what has often been claimed of the stichometry – that it should resemble nearly or exactly the later-canonized NT list. Rather, the original inclusion of four alternative scriptural texts in the stichometry indicates a lasting interest in such texts and the continued elasticity of the NT canon.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rodenbiker, Dr Kelsie
Authors: Rodenbiker, K. G.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1745-5294
Published Online:29 October 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Author
First Published:First published in Journal for the Study of the New Testament 44(2): 240-253
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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