|About the Book|
The purpose of this study was to augment Hoskiers and Schmids works on the text of the New Testament book of Revelation. This study analyzes twenty-two manuscripts in Revelation: P47, P85, P 98, P15, &aleph- 01, A02, B03 (1957), C04, 051,MoreThe purpose of this study was to augment Hoskiers and Schmids works on the text of the New Testament book of Revelation. This study analyzes twenty-two manuscripts in Revelation: P47, P85, P 98, P15, &aleph- 01, A02, B03 (1957), C04, 051, 0229, 0308, 60r(2821), 1006, 1773, 1854, 2259, 2408, 2493, 2494, 2495, 2643, and 2845. The work was divided into three major chapters, with the introduction containing a foundational overview of the contributions of Hoskier, Schmid, and other scholars with the subject. The first chapter presented a summary of the methodology utilized in the research. The second chapter gave a description of the basic facts about the selected manuscripts as well as a summary of various paleographic features of each manuscript that were noted in the collation process. The third chapter centered on analyzing the textual relationships of the selected manuscripts. For this part, after an overview of prior studies on the textual groups in Revelation, three types of evaluations were done: (1) a quantitative analysis evaluation of the relationships among the manuscripts throughout Revelation as a whole, and then section by section throughout the text of Revelation using the following chapter divisions: 1-5, 6-11, 12-17, and 18-22- (2) an examination of each of the previously unclassified or new manuscripts based on the quantitative analysis results and other readings that were not considered in the quantitative analysis- and (3) an analysis of the manuscripts that were disputed as to their textual relationships in prior studies, again based on the same type of evaluation as that noted for the previously unclassified manuscripts above. The study resulted in several conclusions. First, with reference to the Alexandrian group, manuscripts 01 and P47 are not as close to the core members 02 and 04 as are some other group members, and so can be considered a subgroup of that larger group, as others have previously been noted. Second, MSS 051, 60r (2821), BO3s (1957) are firm members of the Byzantine group in Revelation. Third, among the new manuscripts. P85, P 98, and 0229 have closer relationships with the Alexandrian group than with the other groups. On the other hand, MSS 1773 and 2259 show a closer relationship with the Byzantine group. Fourth, MSS 2494 and 2845 appear to form a subgroup in several chapters. Firth, whereas Hoskier classified manuscripts 01, 04, and 051 in the same family in Revelation (as a subgroup), this study found that manuscript 051 does not have a close enough relationship with manuscripts 01 and 04 so as to form a subgroup. Sixth, Schmid classified manuscripts P 47 and 01 in the same subgroup, but the results of this study did not support Schmids view in the sense of a strong subgroup, although the two manuscripts are somewhat related.