Nomina Sacra

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Stephen Hughes
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Nomina Sacra

Post by Stephen Hughes » January 8th, 2014, 11:39 am

Could anyone please help with an explaination of what words were written as nomina sacra and how widespread their use was?
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Re: Nomina Sacra

Post by Jonathan Robie » January 8th, 2014, 11:45 am

There are some good references and discussion in this earlier thread on nomina sacra: http://www.ibiblio.org/bgreek/forum/vie ... ?f=6&t=226
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Re: Nomina Sacra

Post by Stephen Hughes » January 8th, 2014, 12:02 pm

Jonathan Robie wrote:There are some good references and discussion in this earlier thread on nomina sacra: http://www.ibiblio.org/bgreek/forum/vie ... ?f=6&t=226
Was it a scribal tradition outside of the Biblical tradition that was also employed in copying Biblical texts?

That thread is cool, but doesn't really cover wider issues that would indicate whether it was intrinsicly "sacred". I seem to recall seeing some abbreviations that the editors had expanded out in my Loeb copy of the non-literary papyri - they wouldn't be nomina sacra, but nomina sacra are abbreviations of common words. From memory is was for the names and titles of the emperors and other rulers, monetary units, perhaps dates, as well as some other things ... I wish I had that volume with me here.
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