[textualcriticism] Synopsis Scripturae Sacrae
- Hi Folks,
Good questions, Michael.
You will find that Charles Forster has a fascinating section on the
authorship of the Synopsis Scripturae Sacrae in :
A New Plea for the Authenticity of the Text of the Three Heavenly Witnesses
by Charles Forster (1867) p. 51-57
Forster discusses in general and in specifics, I will give one quote.
"I see the hand of Athanasius in the style .." p. 55
We should understand that there is an ultra-dubious skeptical 'methodology'
that even tries to make Paul not the author of the Pastorals and Peter not the
author of 2nd Peter. This type of 'science' spills over into the early church writings
and a first-person testimony can be considered of far less significance than vague,
difficult, convoluted stylistic arguments. You might find the study of Jerome's
Prologue to the Canonical Epistles to be also an interesting study in this regard.
Michael Marlowe wrote:
In preparing a translation of the canon list in the patristic work /Synopsis
Scripturae Sacrae/ (formerly attributed to Athanasius but now said to be of
the sixth century), I have noticed some interesting readings in the
scripture quotations. For example, the Synopsis quotes 2 Pet 1:1 with "our
Lord Jesus Christ" instead of "our God and Savior Jesus Christ." Because the
author usually quotes exactly, I think these quotations may be of interest
to textual critics, though of course they cannot have much weight in
determining the original text. I am mainly interested in the possibility of
using these readings as evidence for the work's provenance and date. Is
anyone here aware of a recent article on this patristic work? Have its
quotations ever been analyzed or employed by textual critics? I find no
reference to its readings in Nestle-Aland, UBS, SQE, etc. The Greek text I
am working with right now is from Migne's PG, vol. 28.