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Lightfoot's Apostolic Fathers In English - J. B. Lightfoot, D. D., D.C. L., LL. D.

The authorities for the text are as follows:

(I) GREEK MANUSCRIPTS.

1. The famous Sinaitic MS (א) of the fourth century, where, in company with the Shepherd of Hermas, it occurs in a complete form, following the Apocalypse, as a sort of appendix to the sacred volume.

2. The Constantinopolitan MS (C) of Bryennios, an eleventh century document (see above, pp.4, 216); here also the epistle is found complete.

3. The series of nine Greek MSS (G), all of one family, enumerated above, p. 166 sq; in this collection of manuscripts the first four chapters and part of the fifth are wanting.

There is also (II) a LATIN VERSION (L) extant in MS of the ninth or tenth century (Petropolitanus Q. V. I. 39, formerly Corbeiensis). This MS omits the last four chapters, which apparently formed no part of the version in question.

Lastly, the quotations in Clement of Alexandria, comprising as they do portions of §§ 1, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 16, 21, and those passages in §§ 18–21 which this Epistle has in common with the Didache and other documents, open out additional considerations which must not be disregarded in the formation of the text.








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