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SBL Paper on the Origin(s) of the 'Caesarean' Text

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  • Stephen C. Carlson
    I ve uploaded the paper ( The Origin(s) of the Caesarean Text ) I ll be giving at SBL this Saturday to:
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 17, 2004
      I've uploaded the paper ("The Origin(s) of the 'Caesarean' Text") I'll be
      giving at SBL this Saturday to:


      Stephen Carlson
      Stephen C. Carlson mailto:scarlson@...
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    • Wieland Willker
      Let me quote the concluding paragraph of Carlson s text: It is striking to see how closely this proposed stemma generated by a completely new technology
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 18, 2004
        Let me quote the concluding paragraph of Carlson's text:

        "It is striking to see how closely this proposed stemma generated by a
        completely new technology supports the venerable conclusions of New
        Testament textual critics, going all the way back to Westcott and Hort.
        Perhaps the main reason why there seems to have been so little progress
        in advancing the history of the text since Westcott and Hort is that
        Westcott and Hort's theory of the text is so substantially correct that
        there is actually little left to advance."

        It is funny, I just finished an evaluation of all differences of the
        text of WH and NA in the Gospels (451) for my TCG commentary (new
        edition in January) and concluded:

        "One will probably not agree with my estimation of the evidence in all
        cases, but I think it is clear that the WH text still has its value
        today. It is slightly inferior to NA, but one cannot say that it is
        wrong in all cases. About 60% of all differences are so difficult to
        evaluate, that there is a strong possibility that NA is, to some extent
        at least, wrong.
        In light of the manifold criticisms of WH's opinions regarding the
        transmission of the text, it is astonishing that their text is so good
        still today. This is on the one hand probably primarily due to the fact
        that their basic result, to follow B wherever possible, is not so bad as
        it is normally accepted today, and on the other hand, that their
        opinions regarding the textual history are, with some qualifications,
        probably also basically correct."

        Well, this is probably a bit of an oversimplification of a very complex
        matter and perhaps I will change the last paragraph a bit for the final
        version, but basically I stand by it. (NB: It only refers to the
        Gospels, they are my only object of research.)

        Best wishes
        Textcritical commentary:
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