Re: Synoptic Harmonization
- On Wed, 31 Jan 1996, Maurice Robinson wrote:
> > There is no conscious effort to harmonize; rather, it seems thatCertainly attributing elements to an entire text-type that are
> > isolated words (AGAQH in Mt 19:16, SOU in Lk 18:20, MOU in Lk 18:21) are
> > supplied from one or another gospel (cf. also the addition of ARAS TON
> > STAURON from another context in Mk 10:21 Byz; also TI ME LEGEIS AGAQON;
> > OUDEIS AGAQOS EI MH O QEOS from Mk and Lk in Mt 19:17 Byz).
> I would agree with the primary claim that there is no conscious effort to
> harmonize, either among the Byzantine MSS or the Alexandrian MSS as a whole.
> I would not accept the texttype-specific examples given above, however,
> since I also fully agree that it is only "isolated words" which tend to
> become harmonized, and that basically occurring in "isolated MSS" and not
> texttypes as a whole. I see a key methodological error (which began with
> Westcott and Hort) in attributing to entire texttypes elements which
> properly concern only individual elements of that texttype, and then only
> in "isolated case" examples.
characteristic of only a minority of its members is unjustified.
However, all of the examples I listed above from the pericope of the Rich
Young Ruler occur in the majority of the mss, not isolated Byzantine
> > Without any indicator of parablepsis,How many letters per line are there in a typical line-omission in Aleph.
> > accidental omission of 16 letters seems unlikely.
> But which MSS are we talking about? Not a large number, but also not all
> genetically (texttype) connected; this is of some significance.
> Aleph*, however, is corrected by a near-contemporary scribe in this place,
> which could maximize the possibility of accidental line-omission in the
> case of that MS (line-omission is known frequently to occur in Aleph).
I don't count more than 14 letters in any line of Aleph itself, and many
have fewer letters. Of course, I realize that the exemplar might have had
16 characters per line. Line omission was a central theme in A. C.
Clark's (not the sci-fi writer!) _The Descent of Manuscripts_, in which he
argued that the longer (Western) recension of Acts was closer to the
original, since the shorter version was characterized by omissions whose
lengths corresponded to a line or multiple lines (I can't recall the line
length he used--was it perhaps 17 or 18 characters?).
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