palaeography

From Greek words ‘old’ and ‘writing’; it is the rigorous discipline of deciphering ancient handwriting on codices [[➝ codex]] and papyri. The styles of writing determine the dates of MSS. So palaeography is an essential stage in textual criticism [[➝ criticism, biblical]] of the NT.

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  • Palaeography — Palaeography, (British), or paleography (American) (from the Greek gr. παλαιός palaiós , old and gr. γράφειν graphein , to write ) is the study of ancient handwriting, and the practice of deciphering and reading historical manuscripts. [… …   Wikipedia

  • Palaeography —     Palæography     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Palæography     (palaia, ancient , graphe, writing )     The art of deciphering ancient writing in manuscripts or diplomas. It is distinguished from epigraphy, which provides rules for reading carved… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • palaeography — (US paleography) ► NOUN ▪ the study of ancient writing systems and manuscripts. DERIVATIVES palaeographer noun palaeographic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • palaeography — noun a) Ancient forms of writing, as in a manuscript or document. b) The study of ancient forms of writing …   Wiktionary

  • palaeography — n. research and study of ancient forms of writing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • palaeography — [ˌpalɪ ɒgrəfi, peɪ ] (US paleography) noun the study of ancient writing systems and the deciphering and dating of historical manuscripts. Derivatives palaeographer noun palaeographic adjective palaeographical ə grafɪk(ə)l …   English new terms dictionary

  • palaeography — /pæliˈɒgrəfi/ (say palee ogruhfee), /peɪ / (say pay ) noun 1. ancient forms of writing, as in documents and inscriptions. 2. the study of ancient writing, including determination of origin and date, decipherment, etc. Also, paleography.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • palaeography — n. (US paleography) the study of writing and documents from the past. Derivatives: palaeographer n. palaeographic adj. palaeographical adj. palaeographically adv. Etymology: F paleacuteographie f. mod.L palaeographia (as PALAEO , GRAPHY) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Minim (palaeography) — Page from a 14th century Psalter, with blackletter sine pedibus text. In palaeography, a minim is a short, vertical stroke used in handwriting. The word is derived from the Latin minimum, meaning least or smallest . A minim is the basic stroke… …   Wikipedia

  • palaeog. — palaeography …   Australian English dictionary

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