Third Lecture: Understanding How Manuscripts are Related

David C. Parker

in Textual Scholarship and the Making of the New Testament

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199657810
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744860 | DOI:
Third Lecture: Understanding How Manuscripts are Related

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The chapter explores ways of understanding how manuscripts are related. It considers three areas for analysis: physical evidence, artwork, and the text. The first takes the example of manuscripts copied by Theodoros Hagiopetrites, by Ephraim and the comparison of Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus. Artwork is discussed with reference to Annemarie Carr's study of the decorative style. The discussion of textual analysis begins with its history from Bengel onwards, explores the problems with applying Lachmannian stemmatics to the Greek New Testament, especially the problem of contamination, continues with the contribution of Westcott and Hort, and then rejects the concept of text types. The Coherence-Based Genealogical Method is then described, with examples taken from the Catholic Epistles. It is shown how the databases behind the method make it possible for the first time to apply Lachmannian stemmatics.

Keywords: Theodoros Hagiopetrites; ephraim; Codex Sinaiticus; Ccodex Vaticanus; Annemarie Carr; decorative style; Bengel; Lachmannian stemmatics; contamination; Westcott and Hort; text types; coherence-based genealogical method; Catholic Epistles

Chapter.  9980 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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