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This section serves as a guide to the English Bible and English Bible
translations. This guide should help you understand key points on some history about important ancient manuscripts and
significant English translations that have been made throughout history. The book, by Philip Comfort, Ph.D., can also
guide you in your selection of Bible versions and give you direction in using each one. View each of the PDFs by
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paleo-Hebrew script: An archaic style of writing the Hebrew alphabet. See also square script.
palimpsest: An animal skin manuscript on which the original writing was later scraped off and replaced with a newer text; very often the older manuscript is much more valuable and can be recovered as an important textual witness.
papyrology: The study of ancient papyrus manuscripts.
papyrus: A manuscript writing surface prepared from strips of papyrus reed pounded to make a flat surface.
parchment: A manuscript writing surface prepared from animal skins that have had the hair removed and have been rubbed smooth.
Pentateuch: The first five books of the Old Testament (literally, "five in a case"--that is, five scrolls kept together in a box), consisting of the law of Moses; also called the Torah.
Peshitta: The Syriac version of the Old and New Testaments, which became the common Scriptural text for the Syriac church.
proto-Alexandrian manuscript: A New Testament manuscript that pre-dates the Alexandrian manuscripts but appears to have been used in composing those later manuscripts.
proto-Masoretic manuscript: An Old Testament manuscript which pre-dates the Masoretic manuscripts but appears to have been used in composing those later manuscripts.
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