5823Re: tc-list Uncial or Uncial?
- Apr 6, 1999At 08:08 AM 4/6/99 -0500, Jack Kilmon asked:
> "Uncial" has been used as a term forThe (relatively recent) preference of many for "majuscule" likely reflects a
>book hand Greek by every scholar I can think of, including
>Metzger, as far back as the science goes in publications. I have
>even seen it applied to Coptic by Irigoin and Turner. If such is
>the case, isn't usage the determination of what is proper?
point of view expressed by D.C. Parker:
"It has long been habitual to describe this class of MSS as uncials. The
word's use has its origin in Mabillon's interpretation of Jerome's phrase
about MSS written _uncialibus litteris_. Whatever the original meaning, a
consensus has emerged that the name should be applied only to a particular
kind of Latin majuscule. [he references: G. Cavallo and H. Maehler, _Greek
Bookhands of the Early Byzantine Period A.D. 300-800_ (University of London
Institute of Classical Studies Buletin Supplement 47; London:" Institute of
Classical Studies, 1987).] The word _majuscule_ should be used to designate
the class of Greek hands of which we write. It means "of fair size," as
opposed to minuscule, "rather small." (D. C. Parker, "The Majuscule
Manuscripts of the New Testament," in Ehrman and Holmes, _The Text of the NT
in Contemporary Research_, 22).
So "uncial" has gone from being a rather general term to a more precisely
defined technical term, and is in the process of being replaced for general
use by "majuscule."
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