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Bibil Identifier bibil:207861
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Gospel of John in Egypt
Author Chapa, Juan
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 64, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 327-352 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The numerous manuscripts of John among the earliest Christian papyri have given rise to discussion and speculation. It has been suggested, on the grounds of an alleged preference for the Fourth Gospel among gnostics, that the high number of papyri of John compared to other gospels would favour Walter Bauer's thesis of the 'heterodox' character of early Christian Egypt. The obscurity which veils the origins of the early Egyptian Church allows for conjectures of this kind. However, recent studies on the reception of the Fourth Gospel in the early Church and newly published papyri show that the abundance of early manuscripts of John is not necessarily indicative of the gnostic nature of early Christianity in Egypt. This paper attempts to shed additional light on the issue by comparing early papyri of John with other pieces of Christian evidence.
DOI 10.1163/004260310X12544604214308
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Gospel of John
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : New Testament : Textual Criticism : Greek Texts : Manuscripts : Papyrus
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