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Re: tc-list Codex Alexandrinus' Matthean lacunae

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  • Mr. Gary S. Dykes
    Earl and Colleen wrote: (in part) If one is able to find a ms which follows the idiosyncracies of Cod Alexandrinus in Matt 25-28, it would not automatically
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 19, 1999
      Earl and Colleen wrote: (in part)
      If one is able to find a ms which follows the idiosyncracies of Cod Alexandrinus in Matt 25-28, it would not automatically mean that this text preserved A's earlier chapters because this ms could have been a copy made after the loss of the A's earlier chapters and the lacuna supplied from another source. However if this newly identified manuscript also preserves in Matt 1-25 the same unusual characteristics of A in Matt 25-28, then one could conclude that it (or an intermediary) had been copied while Cod Alexandrinus was still intact.

      Yours sincerely,
      Errol Smith

       
      A handy tool for making a general assessment of the MSS in Matthew chapters 25-28 would be Reuben Swanson's work. Though Dr. Swanson does not use a great number of MSS in his text of Matthew, he does give us a nice broad coverage. In just visually examining the chapters in Reuben's work, it is clear that when Codex A (02) is singular it is often just that -- singular. It is rather uncommon for any other MSS to agree with 02 in its unique readings. Usually 02 sides with various groups or clusters of MSS, sometimes with the MT and sometimes with the Alexandrian texts, sometimes with 05 or the two famous families 1 and 13.
       
      Thus Broman's statement that 02 is rather singular in its deviations seems valid. And yes others have noted this as well (Lake et al). However, the story is not concluded until we have a rather exhaustive investigation of several hundred MSS of Matthew. For now Reuben's text is very well adaptable for such analysis, as the groupings are easily apparent via his clever format.  
       
      Finally, the hypothesis that if a MS was found to fit your description in your last paragraph (above -- which paragraph is a bit confusing to me), it does not follow that 02 must have been its exemplar. It would be dangerous to infer that its preceding chapters 1-25:5 would also retain the same "text-type" which 02 represents. 02 seems to be a composite MS composed of several "text-types" with an emphasis towards the Alexandrine perception of theology. And recall that numerous MSS themselves often alternate in their reliance upon VARIOUS different exemplars. Yes, it would be interesting to find a MS which is closely allied with 02. If such a MS surfaced, numerous scholars would form more radical speculations, as they did with Codex Vaticanus and P75 et cetera.  
       
       
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