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7628Distigmai (Umlauts): A Question About Their Purpose

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  • Vox Verax
    Nov 30, 2012
      Currently the ".." that appear in Codex Vaticanus are considered text-critical marks that indicate that alternative-readings were known to the person who added the ..

      One problem with that is that significant alternative-readings are unknown at many places where a ".." appears. Another problem is that the ".." symbol is absent at many places where one might expect a textual variant to be noticed.

      Suppose someone proposed that ".." were not added to indicate the existence of variants, but were instead added to convey, to future copyists using the MS as an exemplar, "Use Extra Caution Here," i.e., they had the same function as the indicators in the margins of Hebrew MSS that signify the presence of a once-used word or some other anomalous feature.

      And suppose that this person claimed that anomalous features, such as once-used words, correspond to the presence of ".." with dedidedly more frequency than textual variants do -- and that this is evidence of the real purpose of the ".." symbols as they appear in Codex Vaticanus.

      How would one go abour refuting such a proposal, and such a claim?

      Yours in Christ,

      James Snapp, Jr.
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