Re: Collation against MT vs. TR
- On Mon, 4 Dec 1995, Dale M. Wheeler wrote:
> This is a general misconception of what Hodges and Farstad were trying toI would differ somewhat with that assessment, since they admittedly only
> accomplish with their text. The point was not to produce a Majority text
> for its own sake, rather it was to show the nature of rigorous stemmatics
> applied to the history of the transmission of the mss.
applied this principle to the Pericope Adultera and the book of
Revelation, due to the amount of data they had at hand. Admittedly, they
would have liked to apply their stemmatic conceptions to the remainder of
the Greek NT, but were unable to do so, due to limitations of available
> It is theirThis in fact is NOT what their own stemmatic explorations led to. The Ma
> contention that if stemmatics were applied to the entirety of the NT mss,
> the Majority type of text would in fact be shown to be the progenitor of all
> the various "text-types," and thus represent the original.
group in Revelation with only 19% support was declared by them (on what in
my opinion were wholly inadequate grounds) to be the progenitor of all
other groups, including the circa 40% Andreas group and the 40% Q group.
They simply did NOT declare a single "majority" group to be the origin of
all the others, but a minority sub-group -- and this alone totally
nullifies their basic theory, since they declare they would follow a
similar methodology throughout the NT were sufficient data available.
Wallace correctly labeled it something like the "Intra-Byzantine Stemmatic
(Minority) Text" position, which it truly is, rather than a real
"pro-Byzantine" or "majority text" position.
> I don't think one should understand Hodges' conclusion thatWhen an approach claiming to be "majority" becomes subsumed under
> the statistical majority does not represent the original to be an indication
> of his forsaking the majority opinion, but rather as a clear indicator of
> the fact that he believes that rigorous stemmatics is the only way to "find"
> the original (it also shows that his approach was NEVER counting
> manuscripts; his "Majority" text was based on the above-mentioned working
> theory that the Byz/Maj would stand at the top of a rigorous NT stemma).
minority stemmatics, something in the terminology needs to change. If
you want a text of Revelation which is far more "majority" in nature, my
own reconstruction will give a clear example of such, based not at all on
stemmatics, but upon Colwell's 70% threshold plus internal evidence
analysis in places where support is more evenly divided. As Wallace has
noted, I am far more of a "true Burgonite" than either Hodges and Farstad
on this point.
> I hasten to add that Maurice's view of the history of theAnd I thank you for making this clear to all and sundry, so I won't have
> manuscripts is also not as simple-minded as simply counting mss (ie., he has
> a reason for choosing it, whether one agrees with his working theory or
to explain why "counting noses" is NOT the procedure followed in a
pro-Byzantine theory. *8-)
> Indeed, Maurice's text would probably be preferable for a collatingAnd again, I really prefer that everyone continue using the TR (Oxford
> base..which is what we were talking about in the first place.
1873 edition, standard for the IGNTP). The issue of a collating base is
not all that important. The primary issue is utilizing a standard base
which all can readily consult and which all collations can readily be
Maurice A. Robinson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Greek and New Testament
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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