The possibilities of a gospel codex: GA 2064 (Dublin, CBL W 139), digital editing, and reading in a manuscript culture

Allen, G. (2021) The possibilities of a gospel codex: GA 2064 (Dublin, CBL W 139), digital editing, and reading in a manuscript culture. Journal of Biblical Literature, 140(2), pp. 409-434. (doi: 10.15699/jbl.1402.2021.10)

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Recent changes to the technology used to produce critical editions and the mass digitization of Greek New Testament manuscripts are beginning to fundamentally alter the place of later manuscripts in critical practice, reinvigorating research into minuscules and particular subtraditions of manuscripts that have often stood outside the interest of most New Testament scholars. This situation necessitates a reexamination of often-overlooked manuscripts, going beyond traditional text-critical concerns to better understand the ways that manuscripts function as arbiters of knowledge for the texts they carry, especially when their paratextuality and design differ from modern Bibles and critical editions. Changes in editorial technology have created a situation where editions can also be informed by the conceptual networks of literary interrelationships and interpretive pathways reflected in the layout and design of manuscripts. Moreover, the expanded availability of digital manuscript images creates new avenues for interdisciplinary exploration of the significance of paratextual systems. This article begins to explore these issues by analyzing the unpublished GA 2604 (Dublin, CBL W 139), a deluxe twelfth-century gospel codex.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This publication was made possible through thesupport of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. Research for this publication also received support from the TiNT project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 847428).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Allen, Professor Garrick
Authors: Allen, G.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Biblical Literature
Journal Abbr.:JBL
Publisher:Society of Biblical Literature
ISSN (Online):1934-3876
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Society of Biblical Literature
First Published:First published in Journal of Biblical Literature 140(2):409-434
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
313815Titles of the New Testament: A New Approach to Manuscripts and the History of InterpretationGarrick AllenEuropean Commission (EC)N/AArts - Theology & Religious Studies