- The Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies
- The Text of The Gospel and Letters of John
- Literary Sources of the Gospel and Letters of John
- John and other Gospels
- The Story of the Johannine Community and its Literature
- The Beloved Disciple, the Fourth Evangelist, and the Authorship of the Fourth Gospel
- The Gospel of John and Archaeology
- The Jews of the Fourth Gospel
- The Johannine Literature in a Greek Context
- The Johannine Literature and Contemporary Jewish Literature
- The Johannine Literature and the Gnostics
- The Fourth Gospel as Narrative and Drama
- Ideological Readings of the Fourth Gospel
- Gender and the Fourth Gospel
- Social-Scientific Readings of the Gospel and Letters of John
- Symbolism and ‘Signs’ in the Fourth Gospel
- Dualism and the World in the Gospel and Letters of John
- Eschatology and Time in the Gospel of John
- The Person of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John
- The Purpose of the Ministry and Death of Jesus in the Gospel of John
- Faith, Eternal Life, and the Spirit in the Gospel of John
- Ethics in Community in the Gospel and Letters of John
- Temple, Festivals, and Scripture in the Gospel Of John
- The Johannine Literature and the Canon
- Johannine Commentaries in the Early Church
- Index Locorum
- General Index
Abstract and Keywords
The textual transmission of the Gospel and Letters of John provides evidence both for their earliest text and its reception across the centuries. This chapter first considers the sources for these writings, comprising Greek papyrus, majuscule, and minuscule manuscripts, early translations into Latin, Coptic, and Syriac, and quotations in Christian writers. The form, contents, and distribution of the documents sheds light on their understanding and use: the Johannine writings were rarely transmitted together; they were particularly popular in Egypt; gospel manuscripts were used as amulets and for divination. Following an introduction to currently scholarly editions, notably the Editio Critica Maior, a selection of readings is presented to exemplify the nature of textual variants in these writings and how they are evaluated. This includes passages which were not originally present, including the Woman Taken in Adultery and the Johannine Comma.
H. A. G. Houghton is Reader in New Testament Textual Scholarship and Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing in the University of Birmingham, UK. He has been a member of the International Greek New Testament Project committee for over a decade, and serves as a General Editor for the Editio Critica Maior of the Pauline Epistles in Greek as well as being an editor of the Vetus Latina edition of John. He is the author of Augustine’s Text of John (2008) and The Latin New Testament: A Guide to its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts (2016).
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