Taras' Three Questions
- Greetings Taras,
T: "Would it be appropriate if I do a (tentative) research into
conflation on the basis of (all) available textual apparatuses? Or
you think the only appropriate way is to work with (digitized
versions of all) available manuscripts?"
For a thorough analysis of conflations in the Byzantine text, the
available textual apparatuses probably would be adequate if all you
want to do is locate the usual suspects, so to speak. But I suspect
that the research might be more rewarding if you use all available
collations. (You could make collations from digital copies, too, but
that's a lot of work.)
T: "Would it be appropriate to work with existent collated critical
edition(s) of the papyri, or I should then work with the actual
available images of the papyri?"
I think diplomatic collations would be fine. Why replow plowed
T: "The third possible topic is the text of a book of the NT in one
of the Greek Fathers. I know that there have been published 7 books
in the series titled "The New Testament in the Greek Fathers". Are
you aware of any ongoing researches into this topic?"
Michael Holmes would be the go-to guy to ask about this.
Yours in Christ,
James Snapp, Jr.
Minister, Curtisville Christian Church
Tipton, Indiana (USA)
- Dear Taras,
Please see below...
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Tariel Picus
>My personal opinion is that it is always a good idea to work with the
> 17:52:21 Sunday, September 9, 2007
> Dear Friends, greetings. My name is Taras and I'm a PhD
> student at the Evangelical Theological Faculty (Leuven,
> Belgium). As I am thinking about a topic of my dissertation
> I have gotten three questions:
> 1. First of all, I am very much interested in the issue of
> conflation in Byzantine text-type (actually, I did a
> tentative search for conflation in Galatians for my MTh
> thesis in response to W-H). The question is: would it be
> appropriate if I do a (tentative) research into conflation
> on the basis of (all) available textual apparatuses? Or you
> think the only appropriate way is to work with (digitized
> versions of all) available manuscripts?
manuscripts themselves. (See the Alands' twelfth rule of textual
criticism, Aland K. and B. _The Text of the New Testament_, rev. ed.,
tr. Erroll Rhodes, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989.) However, this can be
quite hard to do because the manuscripts or images of them can be
difficult to access.
On the practical side, there is not a great number of digitized
manuscripts (MSS) available, especially of minuscules. Perhaps you
could encode a few minuscules as part of your work? See my chapter in
this book for a discussion of how to encode New Testament MSS:
Associated files can be found here:
>Please see my dissertation:
> 2. The second topic I'm interested in is a comparative
> analysis of the NT text of papyri. And again the question is
> the same: would it be appropriate to work with existent
> collated critical edition(s) of the papyri, or I should then
> work with the actual available images of the papyri? Do you
> know if there are any contemporary researches which has been
> done with regard to this?
This only covers Hebrews. The same techniques could be applied to
other parts of the New Testament. If I were doing the work today, I
would encode the MSS using TEI XML and would use the "R" statistical
package to do the analysis.
> 3. The third possible topic is the text of a book of the NTThis would be a very worthy topic. Perhaps you could contact Michael
> in one of the Greek Fathers. I know that there have been
> published 7 books in the series titled "The New Testament in
> the Greek Fathers". Are you aware of any ongoing researches
> into this topic?
Holmes, the series editor, to find out who is doing what. (See
>If you have a technical penchant, you might take a look at my latest
> I would appreciate any comments/help/thoughts and further
> questions with regard to these three questions.
Some of what is said there might help you decide how to arrange any
data produced during your research. (I think that carefully
established patristic texts constitute very important reference points
in the maps produced by multivariate techniques such as
multidimensional scaling. Such texts will provide useful time and
place markers in the New Testament "textual space".)