Re: [Synoptic-L] NT Count
- To: Synoptic
In Response To: Many
On: NT Wordcount
Thanks to those who have kindly responded to the NT count question. There
actually seem to be two questions here, and I should have distinguished more
carefully which one I was asking. I guess I would be interested in the
answers to both. Here are the two:
1. How large is the RT, the New Testament with which NT scholars have to
deal, perhaps in part by eventually excluding some of it (eg, John 21, the
Pericope Adulterae, the Bezae expansions in Acts) as scribal additions, but
still, how much is there to be dealt with *before* one starts dealing with
2. How large is the resulting pruned NT according to the current state of
text critical thinking? ie, minus the above named dubious segments, the
Eastern Interpolations (as I should like to name them), and so on? Here
various states of thinking are liable to be reported, and various treatments
of bracketed and double-bracketed material are possible.
I should think that the high figure so far provided (from computer count,
and thus according to the current best sense of Greek word division) is good
for an answer to Question 1. As to Question 2, it would seem to depend on
who is doing the bracketing, and how many brackets are being counted by the
counting program. The most austere view of the text-critical questions, and
the counting method which excludes all brackets, will together yield the
lowest figure for the NT documents as they entered the scribal-copying
process, and thus the lowest figure so far reported.
E Bruce Brooks
Warring States Project
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- Ken Olson wrote:
> Since the MSS are written in scriptura continua, won't the count vary a bit byKen,
> how the editor separates the words in addtion to what readings one allows into
> the text?
What you say is quite true, but surely this would be a very small variation,
and it would tend to cancel out over a large number of words - unless there
is a systematic bias with some editors.
If anyone is really interested I could provide the sums in letters, which
would bypass that particular problem.
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