The Arabic Versions of the Gospels: The Manuscripts and their Families

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Walter de Gruyter, Jan 1, 2012 - Religion - 775 pages
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This book pertains to the early Arabic translations of the canonical Gospels, and is based on extensive research in over two hundred manuscripts, copied between the eighth and the nineteenth centuries. The manuscripts were collated from twenty-one different library collections in Europe and the Orient. Each individual manuscript was examined and subsequently grouped into twenty-four families. The Arabic manuscripts were originally translated from Greek, Syriac, Coptic, or Latin.
This foundational work is an invaluable resource for those seeking to learn more about the Arab Christian heritage, the Arabic versions of the Gospels and their influence over the last twelve centuries.


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This is an excellent resource for textual criticism and theological history. We learn, for example, that pre-islamic Arab Christians used a distinct vocabulary, much of which had gone extinct even by the 8th century, but was preserved both in one lone monastic inscription and in a few surviving gospel manuscripts from as late as the 19th century! Prominent in this vocabulary was the use of 'Allah' for 'Elah' (the Aramaic vorlage's rendition of Theos).
The book is basically Dr. Kashouh's doctoral these, with minimal editing--some errors were not caught before it went to press. As such, it is way overpriced.


1 Introduction
The State of Research 18492004
3 An Abridged List of the Arabic Gospel Manuscripts
4 The Grouping of Arabic Gospel Manuscripts of Greek Vorlagen
5 The Grouping of Arabic Gospel Manuscripts of Syriac Vorlagen
The Arabic Vulgate
7 The Grouping Of Arabic Gospel Manuscripts of Coptic Latin and Mixture Vorlagen and Manuscripts edited from Arabic Lectionaries ...
8 Manuscripts of Mixed Arabic Versions and Fragmentary Manuscripts
10 Conclusion
11 Bibliography
Test Passages and Variants
Textual Evidence 1
Textual Evidence2 Family K
The Stemmas
16 General Index

9 The Organic Linguistic Relation Between the Families

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Hikmat Kashouh, University of Birmingham, UK.