This post is part of an ongoing series formulating a methodology for tracking and understanding the variety of ways in which early Christians received and utilized Scripture.
What then are the various forms of authoritative correspondence? On one end of the authoritative spectrum are formal quotations, commentaries, and translations. Formal quotations denote the highest level of attributed authority within general literary works, while commentaries and translations reveal the importance of a text through sustained treatment of that text. In contrast to scholars who argue that quotation does not indicate what an author thought of the work being quoted or that quotations were surface embellishments, formal quotations consistently carry authoritative weight in arguments.
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