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From Michael Kruger: How Many New Testament Manuscripts Do We Have From the Second Century?

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In the article, "There is no second-century manuscript evidence," Michael Kruger discusses the importance of the second century in the transmission of the New Testament text. He argues that the second century is significant because of the claim that it was during this period that the most serious textual corruptions were likely to have occurred. Kruger then goes on to list twelve manuscripts that could possibly date back to the second century. He argues that while the dating of manuscripts is not an exact science, the twelve manuscripts still provide remarkably early access to the New Testament text.
Here is a brief excerpt from Kruger's Article:
“There is no second-century manuscript evidence.” —Helmut KoesterWhen it comes to the transmission of the New Testament text, the second century has been long recognized as a critical time period. And it is not hard to see why. If the New Testament books were written (more or less) in the first-century, then the extant manuscripts that get us closest to that time period will inevitably take on a level of significance.The second century is also significant because of modern scholarly claims that it was precisely this period when the most serious textual corruptions were likely to have occurred, suggesting the earliest phases of transmission we...

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