Grenfell and Hunt on the dates of early christian codices

Setting the record straight

Brent Nongbri*

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Since the middle of the twentieth century, there has been a tendency among scholars to marginalize the palaeographical opinions of Grenfell and Hunt. Their alleged belief that the codex format was a post-third century development is said to have induced them to date fragments of Chrstian codices much later than they would have on strictly palaeographical grounds. I argue that this is a serious misrepresentation of their views and practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-162
Number of pages14
JournalBulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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