Re: Accents in the originals?

From: Jeffrey B. Gibson (
Date: Tue Feb 16 1999 - 23:26:48 EST

Mark D. Taylor wrote:
> I know this is probably a stupid question, but I will ask it anyway...

Not stupid at all.
> Did the original Greek manuscripts have accents,


> breathing marks,


> punctuation,

With, I think, a few minor exceptions, no.

> and capital letters?

Yes, but only in the sense that EVERY letter was in capitals (called

> Were they broken at all into paragraphs
> or anything?

No, except perhaps for Psalms?

>Is there anything else that you could tell me about the
> layout, etc., of the originals?

Check out a basic Bible Dictionary like the IDB or the Anchor Bible
Dictionary or even the 3 Vol. Bible Dictionary from IVP, under
"Versions". Most of these will have pictures of early manuscripts which
will give you some idea of what they looked like.

Also, check out the online Encyclopedia of New Testament Textual
Criticism at:

which will give you lots to sort through on these matters.

Now, why are you raising these questions?


Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey B. Gibson
7423 N. Sheridan Road #2A
Chicago, Illinois 60626

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