1446Re: Lucian's LXX
- Nov 10, 2004For some reason my original reply got lost in the digital space, so here
is another one. First let me thank you all for your helpful comments
regarding my question about a possible majority text of the LXX.
James Miller wrote:
> My supposition is that the text of the miniscules shouldThis is definitely wrong. The Byz text did not arise out of the
> be the same as that of the lectionaries, and that it was
> standardized and thus became a majority owing to its
> official sanction by the church and the fact that it was the
> text read out at public worship.
lectionary text, it was the other way round. The lectionaries have a
distinct text, which is basically Byzantine, that is correct, but it is
a very late text.
The Byzantine text originated not in the 10th CE, but at the end of the
3rd CE. The earliest substantial copies we have are Codex W/032 and A/02
(both 5th CE). The origin of the Byz text is one of the great mysteria
in NT TC. There is much speculation, but no facts.
From your answers regarding my question about a majority text of the LXX
I take it that there is no such thing, not even a lectionary text of the
LXX. This is very interesting since it is a significant difference to
the NT. It cries for an explanation.
Your suggestion "that there was no political or social force driving a
standardization of the text" is not really convincing to me because it
was originally the LXX that was tried to get standardized (Origen's
If really Lucian is responsible for the origin of the Byzantine text of
the NT (we don't really know that), and he also did an LXX recension,
why did his NT supplant everything (99% of all MSS are now basically
Byzantine), but his LXX failed to make that impact? Perhaps the
authority of Origen was too strong?
On the other hand it is certainly possible that Lucian has nothing to do
with the origin of the Byzantine text of the NT. This supposition then
would remove the above problem.
Btw. how many of all LXX MSS are now basically Lucianic? Have all the
1500+ MSS been test-collated to check their type? How much do we know
about LXX texttypes and groups? I am wondering if this has ever been
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany
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