Chapters in the History of New Testament Textual Criticism by Bruce M. Metzger

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As already intimated, while many of the documents may have been prepared in order to increase chances of success in future 18 19 Messick 1990: 63–65. Messick 1990: 63. sources and method 9 court litigation or in official appeals, they should not themselves be termed court documents: few were products of centrally located, government-sponsored courts of law. Further, any single cache reflects only the story of a limited number of persons in a limited number of legal situations. And only rarely does one find in Goitein’s collection more than a single cache from any particular habitat.

This is most clearly perceived when I link the relationship histories reconstructed in Chapters Eight, Nine and Ten through an event taking 61 62 63 Carapico and Tutweiler 1981: 9. Carapico and Tutweiler 1981: 21. Messick 1993: 12. introduction and plan of work xliii place in the summer of 1948, the date at which the preceding Chapter Seven draws to a close. And following the Conclusions, an Epilogue (Appendix A) brings the overall story up to the Dwayds’ 1949 departure. Also, above and beyond its three separate relationship histories and the pattern linking them, the study incorporates additional levels of storytelling which often occupy center stage.

Layish 1998: 2. Layish 1998: 3. sources and method 11 sijills. 29 The resulting portrait is itself broad and profound. Yet, as the following quote from Hanna’s conclusion to a chapter on The Structures of Trade seems to suggest, this fine portrait may have been awarded implications that overstep the dimensions of the archival sources used to create it: In the first place, there was probably not much new about the way that Isma'il Abu Taqiyya and his generation carried out their business. The tools and mechanisms that the court records mention—the partnership, the mandate, the sale on credit—seem to be similar to those that Goitein found in the Geniza documents of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

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