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** Biblical manuscript **

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A *biblical manuscript* is any handwritten copy of a portion of the text of
the Bible. The word /Bible/ comes from the Greek /biblia/ (books);
/manuscript/ comes from Latin /manu/ (hand) and /scriptum/ (written). The
original manuscript (the original parchment the author physically wrote on)
is called the "autographa." Biblical manuscripts vary in size from tiny
scrolls containing individual verses of the Jewish scriptures (see
Tefillin) to huge polyglot codices (multi-lingual books) containing both
the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and the New Testament, as well as extracanonical

The study of biblical manuscripts is important because handwritten copies
of books can contain errors. The science of textual criticism attempts to
reconstruct the original text of books, especially those published prior to
the invention of the printing press.

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The Malmesbury Bible
· Canons and books

· Tanakh

· Torah
· Nevi'im
· Ketuvim

· Christian biblical canons
· Hebrew Bible

· Old Testament (OT)
· New Testament (NT)

· Deuterocanon
· Antilegomena

· Chapters and verses

· Apocrypha

· Jewish
· OT
· NT

· Authorship and development

· Authorship
· Hebrew canon

· Old Testament canon
· New Testament canon
· Mosaic authorship

· Pauline epistles
· Petrine epistles

· Johannine works

· Translations and *manuscripts*

· Samaritan Torah
· Dead Sea scrolls
· Masoretic Text
· Targumim
· Peshitta
· Vulgate
· Gothic Bible
· /Vetus Latina/
· Luther Bible
· English Bibles

Biblical studies

· Archeology
· Artifacts
· Dating
· Internal consistency
· Places
· Names

· /Novum Testamentum Graece/
· Documentary hypothesis
· Wiseman hypothesis
· Synoptic problem
· NT textual categories


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