Pre-Nicene Teaching on God’s Transcendent Nature Grid – May 2017 version

GOD’S NATURE

 

Legend for Cells

G1. There is only One True God    Mk 12:29; Jms 2:19

G11. Majesty/glory of God Ps 19:1; Zech2:5; Jn2:14;17:5

W = Wrote explicitly on this teaching

G2. God is almighty/omnipotent Lk1:37;Rv1:8;Jr32:17

G12. God is a jealous God Ex 20:5; Dt 6:15; Josh 24:19

I = Implied this is true or opposite is false. Example: G20 Incomprehensible by minds.

Gi23. God loves us and/or is kind Ps 145:13,17; 1 Jn 3:1

G13. God is uncreated. (Implied) Gen 1:1; Jn 1:1,3; Tt 1:2

G4. God is holy, good, or pure 1 Pet1:17;2:23; Hab1:13

G14. God is Light. Jn 1:4-9; 8:12; 2 Cor 4:6; 1 Jn 1:5

N = Implied since accepted Nicene Creed

G5. God does not speak lies/is Truth.Hb6:18;Nm 23:19

G15. The God of Jesus/Christ Eph1:3,17;1Pet1:3;Heb1:9

m = Mixed: some agree, others did not

G6. God is a Father Mt 6:9; Mk14:36; Lk10:22-23; Jn15:26

G16. Most High God Ps 91:1; Dan 3:26; Mk 5:7; Lk 1:32,35

P = partial -i.e. G7:Mt 28:19 has 1 name

G7. Mention of the Trinity: 1 God in 3 (partial) Mt 28:19

G17. The Godhead Acts 17:29; Rom 1:20; Col 2:9

- = no reference found

G8. God knows all / even the secret things Ps 139:16

G18. The Living God  Dt 5:26; Ps 42:2; Hos 1:10; Mt 16:26

X = Disagree

G9. God is everywhere  Ps 139:7-10

G19. God is invisible Col 1:15; 1 Tim 1:17

blank = not researched yet

G10. God does not change Jms 1:17; Mal 3:6

G20. God is inscrutable/unsearchable. Jb5:9;Rm11:33

Writer totals include W’s & I’s but not P’s

Rows: blue=Bible manuscript, khaki=spurious, green=heresy, orange=schism, pink=strange writer, red= Christians persecuted, brown=Christians persecuting

Christian writer, heretic, or Bible manuscript

Pages

Date A.D.

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Nero and Domitian persecute Christians

 

50 & 95/96

est. 500K Christians. Labeled atheists & killed for refusing to worship emperor/idols

Clement of Rome (wrote 1 Clement)

16 ¼

97/98

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Papias of Hierapolis, disciple of John

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95-110

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“Presbyters” (Papias?)

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Ignatius disciple of John (shortest version)

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c.100-117

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Trajan persecutes Christians

 

107-117

Answered Pliny the Younger’s letter. Christians not hunted, but killed if found.

Didache (=Teaching of the Twelve Apostles)

4 ¾

before 125

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Apology of Aristides (Greek version)

4

125or138-161

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Quadratus of Athens fragment (apologist)

1/8

126

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Letter to Diognetus (=Mathetes to Diognetus)

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Hadrian persecutes Christians

 

118 & 134

Hadrian loved Greek culture, and he persecuted both Jewish and Christian people.

Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs

29

70-135

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Bar Cochba persecutes Christians

 

135

Christians persecuted in Israel because they would not join Bar Cochba’s revolt.

Epistle of Barnabas

12 ½

100-150

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p52, p104, p87  5+5+4 verses (Jn, Mt, Philemon)

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p46 Chester Beatty II - (70%) Paul, Heb (1,680 verses)

100-150

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p98 Revelation 1:13-2:1 (9 verses)

150?

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2 Clement (anonymous writer)

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Polycarp to the Philippians

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100-155

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Apostolic fathers totals: all symbols except P

67.7

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Gospel of Mary (ms. p463 is 200-250 A.D.)

1

2nd century

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Shepherd of Hermas

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Justin Martyr, philosopher, apologist

137

c.138-165

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Evarestus’ Martyrdom of Polycarp

5

c.169

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Marcion of Pontus, pupil of Cerdo/Cerdon. Apelles & Prepon from Marcion.

before 170-

Gnostics believed Creator was evil or foolish, rejected Old Testament, mixed in paganism.

Menander then Satorninos/Saturnilus (ascetic Gnostics)

c.150-4th cen.

Cerdo & Menander from Simon in Acts. Encratite Gnostics came from Saturnilus.

Dionysius of Corinth (wrote against Marcion)

1/3

170

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Tatian's Diatessaron

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died 172

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Tatian. Encratite Gnostic later

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died 172

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Basilides & his pupil Isidorus, changed from Menander 's teaching

2.5

132-135-4th

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Sethians/Borborites (libertine Gnostics)

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c.150-4th cen.

X

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Hermetic Gnostics (no mention of Christ)

6

c.150-4th cen.

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Valentinians including Heracleon, Colorbasus, Marcus, & Ptolemy

23+12

c.150-4th cen.

XX

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II

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Other gnostics: Cainites, Carpocrates, Docetics, Peretae, Cerinthus, Dositheus, Monoimus, Hermogenes, Marcillinians, Melchisedecians, Nicolaus, Ophites, Secundus/Epiphanes

37

c.150-4th century

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P66 Bodmer II Papyri - 92% of John (817 verses)

c.125-175

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P4+p64+p67 Lk 1:58-59; etc. Mt 26:7-8,etc.(95 verses)

c.150-175

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P90 Jn 18:36-19:7 (11 verses)

c.175

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Athenagoras (apologist)

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177

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Christians of Vienna and Lugdunum (Lyons)

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Persecution of Marcus Aurelius

 

162/166-180

Stoic philosopher. Persecution, mainly in Gaul, ended when he died.

Claudius Apollinaris of Hierapolis

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160-177/180

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Melito/Meleto of Sardis (Quartodecimian)

11

170-177/180

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Hegesippus (chronicler, against Gnostics)

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Rhodon (against Marcion and Apelles)

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180

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Theophilus of Caesarea

1/8

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Theophilus of Antioch ( to Autolycus)

32

168-181/188

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Ebionite Clementine Homilies (Law, Father, Son)

123 ½

-188-

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Ebionite Letter of Peter to James

2

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Ebionite Letter of Clement to James

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Early Christians warning about Ebionites

1

182-325

 

 

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Irenaeus of Lyons, disciple of Polycarp

262

182-188

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Irenaeus Proof of Apostolic Preaching

22.75

c.160-202

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Gospel of Peter (Serapion finally against this)

2

180-190

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Maximus of Jerusalem (wrote on origin of evil)

5

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Polycrates of Ephesus (Quartodecimian)

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196

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Akhmin Apocalypse of Peter (Greek)

2

100-200

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p32 (=P. Rylands 5) Titus 1:1-15; 2:3-8 (21 verses)

150-200

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p77 Mt 23:30-39 (10 verses)

200

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p23 James 1:10-12, 15-18 (7 verses)

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Passion of the Scillitan Martyrs -died 180 A.D.

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180-202

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Caius and the Muratorian Canon

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190-217

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Sabellian heresy (Praxeas, Noetus)

c.200-257-

Patripassians believed the Father, Son, & Spirit were one person.

Zephyrinus & Callistus of Rome

199-222

God came upon the human man Jesus. Callistus excommunicated Sabellius.

Persecution of Septimus Severus

202

est. 2M Christians. A Christian helped him when ill, but did not repeal existing laws.

Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas

7

c.201/205

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Acts of Paul and Thecla (Tertullian said faked by a presbyter)

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before 207

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Romans kill first known martyrs in Britain

209

Alban, Julius, and Aaron were formerly thought killed in 304/5 A.D.

Serapion of Antioch (against Marcion)

1/3

191/200-210

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Minucius Felix (The Octavius)

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Apollonius of Ephesus (against Montanists)

1

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Clement of Alexandria Stromata

245.75

193-202

 

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Clement of Alexandria Protorepticus

34.75

c.195

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Clement of Alexandria (remainder)

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193-217/220

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Tertullian (joined the Montanist Church)

734

198-220

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Tertullian’s 5 Books Against Marcion

194

207/8

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Tertullian: On Monogamy, On Modesty

41.25

208-220

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p75 Lk 3:18-22; etc. Jn 1:1-11:45,etc. (1,166 verses)

175-225

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0189 Acts 5:3-21 (earliest N.T. parchment) (19 verses)

175-225

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p45 Chester Beatty I, 4 gospels + Acts (833 verses)

200-225

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Green Collection #425 Rom 9:18-21 some Rom 10

early 3rd

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p29 Acts 26:7-8,20 (3 verses), p30 1 Th 4:12-13,16-17, 5:3,8-10,12-18,25-28; 2 Th 1:1-2; 2:1,9-11 (25 verses)

ca.225

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Ebionite Recognitions of Clement

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211-231

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Bardaisan/Bardesan of Syria (heretical). Against Marcion & Valentinus.

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Asterius Urbanus (against Montanists)

2 ¾

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Elchasaite Ebionites (said Jesus God’s Son)

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Justin the Gnostic's Book of Baruch

2.5

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Naaseni Gnostics & their Gospel of Thomas

3+6

188-235

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Hippolytus, pupil of Irenaeus (undisputed)

218

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Maximin Thrax persecutes Christians

235-238

First empire-wide persecution, but only of clergy. It stopped when he was killed.

Narrative of Zosimus

4

before 240

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Theodotus the probable Montanist

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Instructions of Commodianus

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Julius Africanus (undisputed writings)

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Ebionite Protoevangelium of James

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145-248

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Heraclas of Alexandria 1st to be called a pope

 

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Siricius c.384-399 was the 1st Roman bishop to be called a pope

"Revised Valentinian" Tripartite Tractate

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p13 Heb 2:14-5:5;10:8-22;10:29-11:13 ;etc. 114 verses

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p5 Jn 1:23-31,33-40; 16:14-20;20:11-17,19-20,22-25

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Martyrdom of the Holy Martyrs

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p1 Mt 1:1-9,12,14-20 (17 verses)

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p22 Jn 15:25-16:2; 16:21-32 (17 verses)

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p80 Jn 3:34 (1 verse) p95 Jn 5:26-29,36-38 (7 verses)

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Nag Hamadi Apocalypse of Peter

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pseudo-Clement Two Epistles on Virginity

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Acts of Xanthippe, Polyxena, and Rebecca

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Alexander of Cappadocia (Clem. A’.s pupil)

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Origen (heterodox teacher)

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Origen’s Prayer, Exhortation to Martyrdom

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Severe persecution by Decius and Gallus

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1st Christian schism. Could fallen Christians return or doomed forever –Novatian

Novatian (his schism lasted over 200 years)

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Treatise Against Novatian

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Treatise on Rebaptism

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Cyprian of Carthage (against Novatian)

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Roman church leaders (letters 2,29,30)

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Lucian et al. (letters 16, 21)

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Cornelius to Cyprian (letters 45,47)

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Maximus, et al. to Cyprian (letter 49)

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Firmilian of Caesarea to Cyprian (letter74)

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Nemesianus, et al. to Cyprian (letter77)

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Lucius and the brethren to Cyprian (letter78)

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Felix & the rest of the martyrs to Cyprian (79)

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Seventh Council of Carthage (85 bishops)

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Valerian persecutes Christians

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2nd most severe persecution. Tolerant at first, but then Macrianus influenced him.

Theognostus of Alexandria (Origenist)

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Aurelian Persecution

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At first tolerant, Aurelian died soon after he decided to persecute Christians.

Paul of Samosata, deposed bishop of Antioch

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Adoptionist Monarchian, said the Logos entered into Jesus at baptism.

p37, p49/65, p53 34, 29/19, 23 verses (Mt, Acts, Paul)

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Mani & Manichaean writings (Augustine left this) Manes/Mani's father was an Elchasaite.

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Anatolius of Alexandria (mathematician)

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p106 Jn 1:29-35,40-46 (14 verses), p107, p108, p109, p111, p113, p114 (3+7+6+5+3+6 verses)

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p9 1 Jn 4:11-12,14-17, p35, p69, p101 (6,8,9,18 verses)

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p20 Jms2:19-3:9, p27/p40 Rom1:24- (17, 30/29 verses)

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Chester Beatty IX-X (Septuagint Ezekiel, Dan, Esther) Ezek 36:1-23b; 38-39; 37; 40-48; Susanna, etc.

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p47 (= Chester Beatty III) 31% of Revelation. Rev 9:10-11:3; 11:5-16:15; 16:17-17:2 (similar to Sinaiticus)

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p115 Rev 2:1-3,13-15,27-29; 3:10-12; 5:8-9; 6:5-6; 8:3-8,11-13; 9:1-5,7-16,18-21; 10:1-4,8-11; 11:1-5,8-15,18-19; 12:1-5,8-10,12-17; 13:1-3,6-16,18; 14:1-3,5-7,10-11, 14-15,18-20; 15:1,4-7 (119 verses) (similar to A & C)

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p28 Jn6:8-12,17-22 (11 verses), p110 Mt10:13-15,25-27

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p70 Mt 2:13-16;2:22-3:1;11:26-27;12:4-5;24:3-6,12-15

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