Re: tc-list How to collate everything
- Wieland Willker wrote:
> Some more thoughts about "collating everything" (collating all greek NT[...]
> 1. It is not needed to have "error free" transcripts at the beginning. In
> this respect e-versions are much better than printed ones. One can easily
> update them regularly.
> 2. It is not needed to bring out everything at once. One can add more and
> more as times goes by.
> The first versions would be highly experimental of course, but it's aI think, people are approaching the issue under discussion from very different
> I don't think that doing everything, extremely accurate in one go is the
> best method. You can see that the ECM is extremely slow. And in the end
> after 100 years? Oh dear, it is not electronically readable. And then? I
> don't understand Larry Hurtado here: His motto seems to be "Everything
> error-free or nothing".
perspectives, which is, of course, legitimate. For my part, however, I have to
side with Larry, even in Wieland's way of putting Larry's motto.
So, Wieland, you are dreaming of starting on lower levels gradually improving as
time goes by and new transcripts as well as corrections of old transcripts are
But who will organize and who will do the job in an effective and responsible
I'm willing to accept the idea that probably a (comparatively) great many people
is technically speaking able to contribute to gathering and improving
transcripts of the papyri and many of the uncials of which facsimile editions
are available. Finally you may end up with a lot of people debating on ink spots
and damaged letters on the payrus fragments never reaching 100% agreement on
every single item. That's fine. That's sience. No problem.
I'm pretty sure, however, that the mass of cursives is the main problem in this
game. How to direct the resources in order to get as many people as possible to
do transcripts meeting some basic requirements? Volounteers on the internet
won't do. If you keep standards low in the beginning, you have to consult each
manuscript several times in order to get results that satisfy basic standards.
This is simply a waste of resources. Moreover, you need to have some sort of
institution that keeps organizing and checking the work that is carried out and
(ideally) sent in.
To be honest, it is my ultimate nightmare to have a couple of transcripts
somewhere on a web-site which have been compiled by individual x *not proofed*
but *constantly updated* as soon as new transcripts by another individual or -
even worse - anecdotal lists of corrections come in. Who is there to decide
which of the usually differing transcripts (corrections) is to be preferred? Can
we ultimately blame somebody for making sure that we use only one accepted
currency in TC or that our different currencies are, at least, still
Dr. Ulrich Schmid