This collection of Greek manuscripts from the Freer collection contains remarkable readings in the textual tradition of the Old and New Testaments, giving scholars and students insight into the origin and transmission of Scripture and bringing them closer to the original text. While visiting Egypt, Charles L. Freer, a business man and avid art collector, became intrigued with ancient biblical manuscripts and acquired several during his stay. Though not fully understanding their value at first, it became clear that the manuscripts Freer gathered from Egypt were among the most important collections to date. These important manuscripts include Codex Washingtonianus—ranked next to Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus in importance—as well as a sixth-century Greek parchment codex of the Pauline Epistles and fifth-century codexes of Deuteronomy, Joshua, and Psalms. Each text is thoroughly discussed, including sections on palaeography, textual issues, dating, use by the early Fathers, and collation. In addition to printed texts of the manuscripts’ Greek text, several facsimile plates are also included for a first-hand look at the manuscripts themselves.
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The Freer biblical codices certainly comprise an impressive ensemble, both in age and the spread of biblical writings that they contain, making them important for scholars of the Greek Old Testament (Septuagint) and the New Testament . . . [and] remain particularly important witnesses to the transmission of the writings that they contain.
—Larry W. Hurtado, emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology, University of Edinburgh
Henry A. Sanders (1868–1956) was professor emeritus of speech, phonetics, general linguistics, and classical studies at the University of Michigan. He earned his MA from the University of Michigan and then earned his PhD at Munich under prominent classicists. Before teaching at the University of Michigan, Sanders served as acting director of the School of Classical Studies of the American Academy in Rome.