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Textus receptus

(Lat. “received text”). Gen. accepted text of a literary work. The Gk. NT textus receptus is said to be traceable to ca. 300 or earlier; its form spread widely and came to be known as the Byzantine text and is in substance the text of the Complutensian Polyglot (see Lexicons, B; Polyglot Bibles), of D. Erasmus,* R. Estienne* I, and T. Beza.* The Lat. name reflects a phrase in the preface of the 2d ed. pub. by the Dutch Elzevir (Elzevier; Elsevier) family of publishers. The text underlies the KJV (see Bible Versions, L 8, 10–12). See also Lucian of Antioch; Textual Criticism, 2.

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