Re: tc-list Cursive scripts in editions
- On 3/3/99, Prof. Ron Minton wrote:
>It is interesting that the Hebrew Bible was printed a generationI don't think it's surprising, really. Printing wasn't invented
>before the GNT.
until after the fall of Byzantium (or, at least, so shortly
before as makes no difference). So there was no particular
reason for a Greek Bible to be printed; the Orthodox no longer
had the Byzantine Empire, and the Catholics used the Latin
Bible (which, of course, was the first book printed).
Whereas the Jews, since they tried to get all their people to
read the Hebrew scriptures, had an immediate use for a printed
text. A Greek Bible was a luxury to Catholics (and an expensive
one, given the problems of Greek printing :-), while a Hebrew
printed text was very important to Jews anywhere.
Robert B. Waltz
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- Re the use of cursive scripts and ligatures in early printed editions of the NT:
Metzger (Text of the NT, pp. 96) writes,
"The attempt was made to reproduce in print the appearance of minuscule
Greek handwriting, with its numerous alternative forms of the same letter,
as well as its many combinations of two or more letters (ligatures).
Instead, therefore, of producing type for merely the twenty-four letters of
the Greek alphabet, printers prepared about 200 different characters.
(Subsequently these variant forms of the same letters were abandoned, until
today there remain only the two forms of the lower-case sigma"
At 12:32 PM 3/3/99 -0500, you wrote:
>I have recently been making a study of the
>early critical editions.
>It struck me as quite remarkable that editions
>as late as Mill in 1707 still used a very cursive
>script and ligatures.
>These must have been very difficult to typeset
>and certainly much harder that using a regular
>font - which the Complutasian appears to have.
>Apart from conservatism, does any one know why
>they persisted in using this script?