1450Re: [lxx] copies of Codex A's Exodus
- Nov 16, 2004Quick response:
> I'm wondering what is the relation of extant manuscripts of Exodus toI don't think so, but if you examine Wevers' Goettingen edition of Exodus, with
> Codex A's text of Exodus--whether the former be parts of a larger Bible or
> independently-circulating Exodus manuscripts. Specifically I would be
> interested to know whether any Exodus manuscripts are thought to have been
> copied from A.
special attention to the MSS most closely aligned with A, you will be able to judge
> Obviously the question applies primarily to post-5thOccasionally this is possible, often with very late MSS (14-16th centuries) where
> century manuscripts. I've not read anything that draws such direct links
> between manuscripts, asserting that one or some was/were copied from
something was copied in a monastic scriptorium, etc.
> If there is any such resource that I may have overlooked, pleaseThis has pretty much been done, at least for the Goettingen critical editions. The
> point it out. If such direct connections between extant manuscripts can't
> be made, then can't the status of the text critical endeavor in LXX
> studies be said to be at the stage of trying to group manuscripts together
> according to shared characteristics?
"shared characteristics" tend to be textcritical in nature (shared errors, etc.)
rather than codicological (format features, scribal habits, etc.), since the goal
is to move behind the extant texts to their textual ancestors.
> And that the aim of doing this wouldYes.
> be to determine the character of a conjectured common ancestor for each
> The supposition in earlier times was that these groups wouldCurrent evidence often gives us glimpses into the situation prior to the 4th-5th
> resolve eventually into the 3 varieties mentioned by Jerome, if I
> understand correctly, but doesn't the manuscript evidence thus far
> collated make this supposition look untenable?
century watershed, which problematizes the older "threefold" division approach. A
reasonable textcritical goal is the earliest recoverable text, judged passage by
passage rather than in terms of whole books or manuscripts.
> Thanks, James--
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