Yes, we (my students and I) have not only counted the variation units, we

have made many statistical analyses from them. For example, the TR agrees

with Aleph 7,057 times out of 15,291 or c. 46% of the time. TR agrees with

Vat. 5,868 out of 13,294 times or c. 44%.

Prof. Ron Minton

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-----Original Message-----

From: Wieland Willker [mailto:

willker@...-bremen.de]

Sent: Friday, October 29, 2004 8:30 AM

To:

textualcriticism@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [textualcriticism] number of variants in Nestle-Aland (27th e

d.)

P.M. Head wrote:

> > There are c. 15,250 in the apparatus at the bottom.

> Did you count them?

I think before we can come to more exact numbers, we should make sure

that we speak about the same thing. One should differentiate between

variation unit and reading. In one variation unit are several readings.

A variation unit is labeled by a certain sign in the text. The actual

readings are given at the bottom.

Logically the number of readings must be at least twice as high as the

number of variation units. The problem in NA is that for many "txt"

readings the evidence is not given, so only one reading is noted for one

variation unit.

If one assumes that 15.000 readings is correct, and further assuming

that for about 1/3 of these the txt evidence is not given, one arrives

at about 10.000 variation units. But there are also variation units with

more than two readings...

Best wishes

Wieland

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