Manuscripts, the Codex and the Canon

  title={Manuscripts, the Codex and the Canon},
  author={James Keith Elliott},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the New Testament},
  pages={105 - 123}
  • J. K. Elliott
  • Published 1 January 1997
  • History
  • Journal for the Study of the New Testament
The article analyses the contents of the most significant MSS of the New Testament and identifies the major differences between them regarding their contents and the sequences of the books they contain. It is argued that one of the reasons why the New Testament canon became relatively firmly fixed from an early date was that Christians used the codex. For the Old Testament the contents were far more fluid. The article draws attention to the differences not only between the Hebrew and… 
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Ezekiel (3 Maccabees and 3-4 Ezra are called 'extracanonical'). Some details in this footnote are drawn from H.P. Ruger, 'The Extent of the Old Testament Canon
  • Baruch with the Letter of Jeremiah, Lamentations, Daniel (with additions)
  • 1989
Darton, Longman & Todd, 1983-85)
  • Enoch is found in H.F.D. Sparks (ed.), The Apocryphal Old Testament
  • 1984