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‘ForSinai is a Mountain in Arabia’: A Note on the Text of Galatians 4,25
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Old and New Testament Exegesis, New Testament Exegesis.
2014 (English)In: Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche, ISSN 0044-2615, E-ISSN 1613-009X, Vol. 105, no 1, 80-101 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ever since Richard Bentley, textual critics and exegetes have been perplexed by the note in Gal 4,25a that Sinai was a mountain in Arabia. Early and important witnesses are divided as to its reading, and this clause, in its four main variations, is problematic not only in terms of its grammar but also in its relation to Paul’s argumentative discourse. This paper revisits this textual problem and comes to the following conclusions: The external, transcriptional, and intrinsic considerations all suggest that v.25a should read τὸ γὰρ Σινᾶ ὄρος ἐστὶν ἐν τῇ Ἀραβίᾳ, so this reading ought to be adopted in the critical text. Moreover, other evidence suggests that v.25a was originally a marginal note, and critical editions should indicate it was not originally part of the main text of Paul’s letter.

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2014. Vol. 105, no 1, 80-101 p.
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textual criticism
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Religious Studies
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New Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230586OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230586DiVA: diva2:741036
Available from: 2014-08-27 Created: 2014-08-27 Last updated: 2014-08-27

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