1437Re: [lxx] Lucian's LXX
- Nov 6, 2004Wieland Willker wrote:
On the Textualcriticism List the question came up, why Lucian's LXX
recension failed to gain the same acceptance as his NT text (if one
assumes for the record that this was the Byzantine text).
My question to the list is: How widely spread was Lucian's LXX? What
is the history of its distribution? I have read that the Psalter
became the official text of the Orthodox church?
> The Byzantine text of the NT really supplanted everything else andI'm sort of agnostic on the question of the Lucianic text--maybe owing to
> became the dominant text of the Byzantine empire. As far as I see it,
> this was not the case with Lucian's LXX text.
> My question:
> If only Lucian's Psalter became the official text of the Orthodox
> church, what texttype is the rest of the Orthodox LXX text?
my own laziness. I haven't dealt with enough manuscripts directly, nor
with the secondary literature concerning it, to be able to answer anything
substantive to your first question. Sorry.
But let me "answer" your other question(s) by posing some further
questions. What form does the Byzantine text that supplanted everything
else take in the manuscript evidence? Doesn't it consist primarily in
lectionary manuscripts? If so, do you see any significance for your
question(s) in that? I do.
Secondly: how did it become the "dominant text?" On the textual criticism
list, does anyone speak of the role of ecclesiastical authority in
connection with these dominating text types? In other words, has anyone
suggested that this was a process in which some role was played by
ecclesiatical authorities? Is it conceived of as some proto-democratic
process resolved by popular acclaim? (e.g., a certain text type
predominated since it is what everyone wanted to buy) If it is more the
former than the latter (my supposition), it seems to me like at least part
of the answer to your questions could be found in reflecting further on
the phenomenon of ecclesiatical authority with respect to textual
Addressing the question of the texttype of the rest of the Orthodox LXX
text needs to be prefaced by thinking carefully on these questions, in my
view. Please propose your answers and I would be happy to dialogue
further on the matter of the Orthodox LXX text. Maybe some implications
for the Lucianic text can be arrived at in the process.
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