Three questions on the fixity of readings
- I'd like to resurrect a question from the t-c list, to find out what
is the present state of the GNT textual situation, as compared to
how Bob Waltz described it 9 years ago, as follows:
>>On Thu, 14 Nov 1996, Don Wilkins wrote:What(if any) manuscripts found during the past 25 years have been
>I've received a question that you can answer more easily than I.
incorporated into the apparati of Nestle or GNT, and have any of
these led to changes in the text? <
Since you didn't give an exact date, it's hard to answer this
precisely. But the last *major* papyrus, p75, was discovered well
before this. You're talking about papyri from about p80, uncials
from perhaps 255, and minuscules in the high 2600s and up.
It will be noted that, though NA27 cites these papyri and uncials,
none of these minuscules are cited in any of the major editions.
Also, the basic UBS text was determined in the mid-Sixties, and has
not changed since then. So recent discoveries have not changed it.
Chances are, though, that the recent discoveries would not have had
any effect. The papyri discovered since p75 have all been short.
There have been some substantial uncials (0278 springs
to mind), but they are late and not especially valuable. And who
pays any attention to minuscules?
Bob Waltz >>>
The three questions:
1) Is the text of the latest editions of UBS and NA still identical
to the text established in the mid-Sixties?
2) Are the textual changes made to the texts of the three editions
of the English NT released by the IBS for the US market since it
took on the task in the mid-Sixties (1973--1984--2001) reflective of
ms discoveries made since then, or is this just a matter of marginal
readings trading places with the text?
3) Do readings from the recently discovered "early" uncial palimpset
of Mark 3 & 6 qualify as "valuable" for purposes of mention in NA28