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The earliest extant manuscript to favour ἀπιστίαν include C (Ephraemie Rescriptus; 5th C.) and D (Bezae; 5th C.). C is considered a weak Byzantine text in Matthew's gospel1. Textual critics tend to favour ὀλιγοπιστίαν over ἀπιστίαν for two reasons: 1) ὀλιγοπιστίαν is the harder reading2. See for example Metzger who says: It is more likely that the ...


It is sometimes hard to discern material from the Elohist source apart from that by the Yahwist source, but in this instance, Norman C. Habel says that the main narrative is usually attributed to the Elohist and that the appendix in verses 22:15-18 appears to belong to the Yahwist (Literary Criticism of the Old Testament, page 56). As the Elohist and the ...

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