[textualcriticism] Inside the Box 3
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On Text Lines and Geographical Diffusion
Though different text lines can exist in close proximity, the same text line
will not exist in widely seperated locales for very long; each will develop
characteristic errors that will accumulate over time. Within a local area a
text will spread slowly out from the core area of the text line by contagious
diffusion. When a copy of a text is brought to a far off place, say by a
missionary, there is a type of hierarchical diffusion. A new core area will begin,
and if the text is successful, the new core area will grow. At some point, if
the borders between the areas are permeable, the core areas will meet and
overlap. At this point, the text lines will be in a sort of competition and will
get back and forth corrections and reaction readings. Reaction readings are
On Diffusion and Anthology
Considering two texts, their text line core areas may be similar or
different, but they will rarely be exactly the same. Initially the two texts are each
developing text lines separately, but when the idea to make an anthology
occurs, local texts will be used with local text lines. The idea of the anthology
will spread quicker than the initial copy of the anthology.
The prior variation points will have a more jumbled witness constellation,
but from the point where the anthologies are made locally, the anthologies will
develop a more uniform witness constellation between the books for those
variations and corections that get generated after the anthology is made. The
anthology becomes the subject of the new text lines, and the books are not
independent of it.
So, we may be able eventually to show aspects of the growth of the Pauline
Corpus or the 4 Gospel / Acts corpus, and further of the anthology of the
corpuses into the whole New Testament and Bible. To do this we will have to find
the subtle differences in witness constellations of the books and the corpuses,
but it should be a relatively easy task to show such that Revelations was
added last and somedey to place it into some relative chronology of error layers.
I suppose this task will take me well beyond my retirement.