Nomina Sacra or Ligature?

Here is another piece from codex Hierosolymitanus. Question: Is this one of its Nomina Sacra or is it a ligature?

This is the word σωτηριας, found at the end of the first verse of 2 Clement. Anyone, anyone?

The answer is, it is one of the nomina sacra for this manuscript. How do you know? You know secondarily because it is a word that could be nominasacrilizable (yes, I think I just made that up), but primarily because of the horizontal line over the word. How about some more examples. Here is a snippet of the following text: περι Ιησου Χριστου ως περι θεου.

In there you have three nomina sacra. Here is two more, Ιησους Χριστος:

And one more. Here is πατηρ:

All of these were taken from the first leaf of 2 Clement in Hierosolymitanus.


Chuck Grantham 2008-03-28 02:15:16

And here fillith up one page of full scale images. Verily lest the next post has but few small images, verily.

The posts themselves fit quite well as 120 percent selections.

All of which is to say, thanks for the excuse not to be doing what I should actually be doing.

Yes, I watched Monty Python last night....

Eric 2008-03-28 05:53:03’re welcome? :)

Chuck Grantham 2008-03-28 11:55:56

But seriously, between this Greek handwriting series and repeated looks at Metzger’s "Manuscripts of the Greek Bible" I’m beginning to catch on to ligatures and the nomina sacra that run more than two or three letters, as is usual in the uncials.

Eric 2008-03-29 10:20:11

Glad I could help!