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Christian Manuscripts and Divination

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  • Andrew Bernhard
    ... Yes, Metzger did indeed mention it in _The Text of the New Testament_ pg 33. There are plenty of examples of amulets and the like which were clearly used
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 11, 2005
      > I seem to recall that
      > Metzger mentioned that some early Christian MSs showed signs of being
      > used for divination. Does anyone recall this?

      Yes, Metzger did indeed mention it in _The Text of the New Testament_ pg 33.

      There are plenty of examples of "amulets" and the like which were clearly
      used for divination. The Lord's prayer and the Psalms were most common on
      amulets in Christian circles.

      Eusebius and Augustine condemned the carrying of amulets. The Synod of
      Laodicea (A.D. 342-381) went so far as to forbid their manufacture and use,
      ordering that anyone found wearing an amulet be cast out of the church.
      Chrysostom also mentions their magical use.

      For a good (and easily accessible) summary of info about amulets and
      Christian divination (if this is indeed what you are asking about) see,
      Kruger, Michael J. "P.Oxy. 840: Amulet or Codex?" Journal of Theological
      Studies 53, no. 1 (2002): 81-94.

      Kruger lists a host of manuscripts containing scriptural quotations that
      were obviously used for divination.

      Hope that helps,

      Andrew Bernhard

      www.gospels.net
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