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Consequences of the scientific problem

Division of biblical research into different departments of academic activity, into OT and NT disciplines, is characteristic for biblical scholarship today. A remarkable consequence is the ‘virtual’ splitting up of manuscripts containing both OT and NT corpora, due to the focus of scholars on specific texts. The integral codex, in which the text is housed, is neglected; unseen is the liturgical context of a book or group of books within a given codex, and also its interaction with other biblical books.

Manuscript catalogues since the 18th century (Greek OT: Stroth, Holmes/Parsons, Swete, Rahlfs, Fraenkel; Greek NT: Wettstein, Michaelis, Scholz, Scrivener, Gregory, Von Soden, Aland) confirm the sharp demarcation line between the research areas. Different manuscript numbers may even be attributed to one and the same codex. In the case of the NT Kurzgefasste Liste, one is not informed if codices contain OT corpora or not. Moreover, data on liturgical apparatus has been systematically omitted, as if of no relevance, which is highly misleading for interpretation.

Despite the insights of present day scholars (Oktateuch: Weismann; Prophets: Lowden; Psalterion: Parpulov; Prophetologion: Engberg), the wider academic audience is unconscious of the liturgical reading context and codex apparatus.

There is a scholarly need to move away from the current disintegration in biblical studies and to develop a comprehensive view on biblical manuscripts considered from the viewpoint of their (original) liturgical function (see S.M. Royé, The Inner Cohesion between the Bible and the Fathers in Byzantine Tradition, 2007, diss.).