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« on: December 02, 2006, 07:44:59 AM »

Given that the traditional Greek New Testament of the Eastern Orthodox Church is the Byzantine text, is the Alexandrian text the traditional Greek New Testament of the Oriental Orthodox communion? While the West discovered the Alexandrian text-type rather recently, has it always been the common Greek text of Oriental Orthodox Christians?
If so, who produced it, and what is the history of its transmission?

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2006, 03:06:05 AM »

The picture is painted as if a small group of manuscripts were discovered rather recently, that had until then been lost. Did the Coptic Church preserve the Alexandrian text-type all along, or are the Coptic translations based upon the Alexandrian Greek text?
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2006, 02:47:47 AM »

This is something I've been wanting to discuss with fellow Oriental Orthodox Christians. One important question is whether or not the original version of Mark included the resurrection account. Everything I've read on New Testament textual criticism has been from a Chalcedonian perspective.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2006, 10:24:25 PM »

If you don't want to participate in such a discussion, you could at least please point me to relevant Oriental Orthodox sources of information.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2006, 10:48:33 PM »

Dear Matthew,

I don't think the OO churches have some common "OO Biblical translation."  The Armenians have their texts, and it seems that they follow the Peshitta just as the Syrian Church does.  Then you have the Ethiopian texts, which in some ways may follow Coptic texts, which in turn may follow Septuagint.

There's nothing really straightforward about this.  I'm not much of a Bible expert, and I'm sure other people do not know the answer to your question.

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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2006, 02:42:43 AM »

I am not speaking specifically of translations, but which Greek New Testament text the Oriental Orthodox churches have traditionally found authoritative. For example, do the Coptic versions of the New Testament more closely follow the Alexandrian or Byzantine text-types? Do the coptic versions, like the Byzantine text, include the resurrection of Mark's Gospel? Did the small group of manuscripts that we refer to as the Alexandrian text-type represent the majority of Greek manuscripts in use by the Coptic Church?

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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2006, 02:07:26 AM »

Does anyone know how the Alexandrian text-type originated, and by whom? Many Westerners accuse that it was made by Gnostics, something that we should be able to refute if untrue.
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