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By Colin. H Roberts

The origins and improvement of the Church in Egypt stay one of many vexed difficulties of early Christian background. In his Schweich Lectures, brought in 1977, Dr C. H. Roberts examines the proof of the Christian papyri chanced on in Egypt to work out what gentle they solid at the difficulties and the way some distance they help statements in our historic professionals or the theories of contemporary students. between concerns mentioned are the impression of Judaism and no matter if Gnosticism used to be relatively as robust within the first 3 centuries in Egypt as is usually suggestion; specific recognition is paid to the historic importance in those early manuscripts of the nomina sacra, the abbreviations of the divine names.

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He writes (Strom. 6. ): xv: epaa2v ovv Etva£ TOU JL€V KvpLaKov uTJJLelov TV7TOV KaTa TO axfifLa 'TO Tpc,aKoawuTov UTOLXEfov, Se lWTa KUI. TO -ryTa TOVVOJLa u1]fLalvEtv TO C1WT~p£OV. The epaaLv etvQ£ suggests that i7j was no TO longer current in Clement's day. The editors of P. Lond. Christ. (p. 3) quote G. B. de Rossi (Bull. di Arch. , S. iv, vi. 37) to the effect that "i was in use from the Apostolic age onwards. 3 KVPWS is very occasionally suspended, but never in the second century; it is found in a few occasional texts (prayers and letters) and in the Berlin Genesis (= H.

6 In the first, I ·[EpovrtaAijp. , again at the end of a line where space was short. rtpaijA is uncontracted in one of the Qumran manuscripts: see P. W. Skehan in Vetus Testamentum iv (1956), pp. 155 ff. g. by Philo and in the liturgical papyrus mentioned above, p. 30, n. 5; but what was legitimate enough in a treatise or a liturgical text would be deemed inappropriate for a roll of the Law. See also Dunand, op. , p. 52 and, for Philo, the review of Dunand's work by J. van Haelst in Chronique d'Egypte 44 (1969), pp.

P. 114. 4 Cf. G. Vermes' appendix to M. Black, An Aramaic Approach to the Gospels and Acts" (Oxford, 1967), pp. 310-30, cited and discussed by C. H. Dodd, The Founder of Christianity (London, 1971), pp. 110- 1 3. ,O, 7TaT~p, av()pw7ToC;, 'Iupa~A and probably iJauE£8, uTaupac;, utac; lies a quite unmistakeable, if implicit, theology. The character of this theology, its source, and the authority on which it rests call for a brief scrutiny. The problem of authority has been succinctly stated by T.

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