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Graphical Comparisons Between Your Greek New Testament and the Papyri – The Oldest NT Manuscripts

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Using the Compare Parallel Bible Versions feature in Logos Bible Software, you can now graphically compare any of the modern Greek New Testament editions with the oldest manuscripts of the Greek New Testament—the Papyri. In Figure 1 below, P75 is selected as the base version (leftmost column). NA27 and Scrivener’s TR (1881) are being compared to P75.

The percentage of variance between the base version and a secondary version is displayed at the top of each version column. Text variations are highlighted by color. Pink text is text that appears in the base version but not in the secondary version(s). This means that any text that is highlighted in pink is not a part of that version. It has been inserted into the text at the location it would have appeared if it had been used. Blue text indicates text that appears in a secondary version(s) but is not found in the base version.

Comparing the Greek New Testament and Original Papyri
Fig. 1—Highlighting shows differences between electic Greek text and original papyrus.
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The text of the papyri is that found in The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts (ed. Philip W. Comfort and David P. Barrett; Tyndale House, 2nd ed. 2001), available for Logos Bible Software. The Logos edition provides transcriptions of sixty-nine of the earliest New Testament manuscripts up to and including P115, the most recently published early New Testament manuscript. All of the manuscripts are dated from the early second century to the beginning of the fourth (A.D. 100- 300).

This book presents for the first time a unified transcription of all portions of the manuscript, and for certain manuscripts, new portions are presented. This is especially true of P4/P64/P67, P30, P40, P45, P46, P49, and P66.

Here Comfort & Barrett provide a representative sample of the New Testament that was read by Christians in the earliest centuries of the church. Today’s Greek New Testaments are critical editions produced by the eclectic method, and so do not completely replicate the evidence of any one manuscript.

The Logos edition of The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts provides a number of key benefits not realized with the print edition. The entire text is searchable, so the user can look for inflected forms or combinations of inflected forms throughout. The transcription of each manuscript has also been placed in a separate resource, allowing for easier comparison of manuscripts and better results when searching or using Bible-based reports.

Due to licensing restrictions, the Logos edition does not include the sample photographs of papyri that appear in the print edition.

Comparing the Greek New Testament and Original Papyri
Fig. 2—Highlighting shows differences between NA27, Byzantine/Majority, P75 and P66.
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