B. Ehrman : Heracleon
- Dear listmembers,
I was reading the stimulating article of B. Erhman, "Heracleon and
the 'Western' Textual Tradition" (NTS 40 (1994), 161-179). On page
174-175 B. Ehrman displays a Table of the witnesses arranged by
groups according to percentage agreement with Heracleon.
My first question relates to the first group. According to Ehrman,
the average (shouldn't that be 'total'?) is 287 - 158, while my
calculation, based on the data furnished by Ehrman, is 241 - 131.
For the four other groups, there is no difference between the
results in the table and my calculations. Am I missing something
when I sum up the agreements and disagreements of the various
witnesses of the first group?
My second question has to do with the calculation of the percentage
of agreements. What's the right formula to use? I thought it was :
n° of agreements / (n° agreements + n° disagreements) * 100. But
with this formula, none of the percentages corresponds. For example,
in the case of Sinaiticus, Ehrman gives 46 - 62 - 69.57% while I
arrive at 58.97%.
Any suggestion is welcome.
Thanks for your attention,