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Author Hill, Charles E. (Charles Evan), 1956- author.

Title The first chapters : dividing the text of scripture in Codex Vaticanus and its predecessors / C.E. Hill
Edition First edition
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 488 pages) : color illustrations
Contents Prologue: "In the Book of Moses, at the bush"-- Part I. The beginning of the chapter: the growth of book divisions and readers' reference vocabularies up to the fourth century. The first-century scribal setting -- A chapter vocabulary emerges -- Part II. The first chapters: Codex Vaticanus at the dawn of capitulation. Introducing Codex Vaticanus -- The 'first chapters' as original to the Codex -- Overview of text articulation and numeration in Codex Vaticanus -- Part III. Behind the first chapters: the Capitulatio Vaticana and its predecessors. The Capitulatio Vaticana and its predecessors in the Old Testament -- The Captiulatio Vaticana and its predecessors in the New Testament -- Conclusions and conversations starters
Summary "The First Chapters uncovers the origins of the first paragraph or chapter divisions in copies of the Christian Scriptures. Its focal point is the magnificent, fourth-century Codex Vaticanus (Vat. Gr. 1209; B 03), perhaps the single most significant ancient manuscript of the Bible, and the oldest material witness to what may be the earliest set of numbered chapter divisions of the Bible. The First Chapters tells the history of textual division, starting from when copies of Greek literary works used virtually no spaces, marks, or other graphic techniques to assist the reader. It explores the origins of other numbering systems, like the better-known Eusebian Canons, but its theme is the first set of numbered chapters in Codex Vaticanus, what nineteenth-century textual critic Samuel P. Tregelles labelled the Capitulatio Vaticana. It demonstrates that these numbers were not, as most have claimed, late additions to the codex but belonged integrally to its original production. The First Chapters then breaks new ground by showing that the Capitulatio Vaticana has real precursors in some much earlier manuscripts. It thus casts light on a long, continuous tradition of scribally-placed, visual guides to the reading and interpreting of Scriptural books. Finally, The First Chapters exposes abundant new evidence that this early system for marking the sense-divisions of Scripture has played a much greater role in the history of exegesis than has previously been imaginable."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from home page (Oxford Academic, viewed January 13, 2023)
Subject Eusebius, of Caesarea, Bishop of Caesarea, approximately 260-approximately 340. Eusebian canons.
Biblioteca apostolica vaticana. Manuscript. Vat. Gr. 1209.
SUBJECT Bible. Greek -- Versions -- Codex Vaticanus
Bible -- Manuscripts -- Paragraphs.
Bible -- Numerical division.
Bible. New Testament. Greek -- Versions -- Codex Vaticanus
Bible -- Manuscripts, Greek
Bible. New Testament. Greek.
Codex Vaticanus Lat. 3773
Eusebian canons (Eusebius, of Caesarea, Bishop of Caesarea) fast
Bible. New Testament fast
Bible fast
Codex Vaticanus Lat. 3773 fast
Subject Greek language, Biblical -- Punctuation
Manuscripts, Greek.
marginalia (annotations)
Manuscripts, Greek
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780192573018