Darwin, Streeter, and Narrative Textual Criticism

Yii-Jan Lin

in The Erotic Life of Manuscripts

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780190279806
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190279820 | DOI:
Darwin, Streeter, and Narrative Textual Criticism

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As Darwinian concepts of evolution rose in acceptance, the shift in focus from essentialist taxonomy to change through adaptation began to be reflected in New Testament textual criticism in the twentieth century. B. H. Streeter’s theory of local texts argued that texts with a geographic region would evolve in accordance to its theological, political, and scribal environment. The latter half of the twentieth century to the present has seen a rise in the consideration of the history of textual tradition and a shift toward viewing variants as storied evolutions rather than corruptions. Narrative textual criticism thus celebrates the evolving text of the New Testament as a living, adapting organism.

Keywords: Darwin; B. H. Streeter; narrative textual criticism; New Philology; evolution; local texts; David Parker; Eldon Epp; Bart Ehrman; F. J. A. Hort

Chapter.  16276 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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