Friday, November 03, 2006

How many manuscripts?

We are pretty well placed to estimate the number of Greek NT manuscripts that there are. The Kurzgefasste (Kurt-gefasste!) Liste and supplements give accurate information. Of course we don't know what to expect from ongoing Oxyrhynchus publications, and Dan Wallace estimates there are about 200 more to find in libraries. Perhaps the number may in a few decades hit 6,000.

As far as I know there is no official list of LXX manuscripts, though I understand that a chap in Sydney was preparing one (anyone know any more?). How many mss are there?

What guestimates would people make for the following?

Vulgate mss
Hebrew Bible mss
Qur'anic mss


  1. Does Rahlfs/Detlef not give numbers for LXX?
    Fraenkel, Detlef (Bearb.): Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments von Alfred Rahlfs. Bd. I, 1 Die Überlieferung bis zum VIII. Jahrhundert. Septuaginta Vetus Testamentum Graecum Auctoritate Academiae Scientarum Gottingensis editum Supplementum I, 1. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2004. ISBN: 3-525-53447-7

  2. M.M.Azami estimates there are in excess of 250,000 mss of the qur'an

  3. Logos Bible Software has begun working on the Göttingen LXX. This version will be morphologically tagged, and the apparati will be linked directly to the primary sources.

    I thought you might be interested!

    Göttingen Septuagint