Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Old Testament in the New

There are a few PhDs waiting to be written on how New Testament manuscripts refer back to the Old Testament. At times they do a marvellous job. Have a look here at the margin of minuscule 1739 at Gal 3:12 (I was there because I had to check 3:13 οτι γεγραπται - γεγραπται γαρ).



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The reference for ο ποιησας αυτα ανθρωπος ζησεται εν αυτοις is given as 'Deuteronomy and Ezekiel'. Of course this leaves out the exact citation as in Leviticus 18:5, but when it comes to Ezekiel, it is spot on. In this book the notion that 'someone will live' because he walks in the statutes is quite pervasive (chs 18, 20, 33). Well done, Ephraem!

7 Comments:

Peter Malik said...

I wish you introduced your blog posts in this way more often a year or so ago!

Dirk Jongkind said...

Αἰτεῖτε καὶ δοθήσεται ὑμῖν. Ἀλλ οὐκ ἐκλίνατε τὰ ὦτα ὑμῶν καὶ οὐκ ἠκούσατε

Peter Malik said...

ⲡⲉⲧⲁϩⲉ ⲉⲑⲉⲣⲙⲏⲛⲉⲓⲁ ⲛ̄ⲛⲉⲓϣⲁϫⲉ ϥⲛⲁϫⲓϯⲡⲉ ⲁⲛ ⲙ̄ⲡⲙⲟⲩ

James E. Snapp, Jr. said...

The illustrated references to prophetic parallel-passages in the Rossano Gospels would be included in such a study.

Yours in Christ,

James Snapp, Jr.

Elijah said...

James, there are also a few of those in the Sinope Gospels. The Rossano Gospels are interesting though--they only contain Matthew and Mark, and the miniatures (with OT quotations) are collected separately from the text of Mt/Mk. The interesting part is that some of the miniatures illustrate scenes that do not occur in Mt/Mk. (The parable of the good Samaritan and the raising of Lazarus, off the top of my head). In the Sinope Gospels, they occur throughout the text. Since it looks like there was a second volume of Rossanensis, I would love to take a look at it's miniature of the Gethsemane scene to see if there are any traces of the bloody sweat depicted, whether visible (I don't presently have access to images at sufficient resolution) or covered up by retouching. There are some non-destructive chemical analyses that can see beneath the outer layer and reveal that sort of thing (such testing was done with the Rabbula Gospels a few years ago and it revealed that Jesus originally had curly red hair in its miniatures).

James E. Snapp, Jr. said...

Elijah,
Have you tried zooming in the "Christ in Gethsemane" picture (via "Control" + "+" after the initial magnification) at http://www.artesacrarossano.it/eng/codex.php
?

Yours in Christ,

James Snapp, Jr.

Anonymous said...

Excusez moi, Does the vmr permit you to post their images online?