The remarkable discovery of a fourth-century list of the books of the Old and New Testaments and the writings of Cyprian is related in this essay. The canon and order of the biblical books are discussed and the stichometry of the lists is also explored.
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After describing the remarkable discovery of a fourth-century manuscript among the Phillipps Collection at Cheltenham, Sanday reprints the contents of the lists on the manuscript. The importance of these lists lies in their being catalogues of the books of the Old and New Testaments as well as the writings of Cyprian which date from about 359 C.E. Following the presentation of the lists, Sanday discusses the canon and order of the books in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. He also devotes some discussion to the stichometries of the lists. The list of Cyprian’s writings is similarly explored. An appendix by
C. H. Turner continues the discussion of the stichometry of all three lists.
William Sanday (1843-1920), an Anglican theologian who was Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity and Canon of Christ Church Oxford, was noted for his influence in introducing biblical criticism to England. He was the author of several important New Testament works.