How to determine if a specific text is Byz or Alex or West or Other
- What makes a Byzantine reading Byzantine? And what makes an Alexandrian reading Alexandrian? The reason I ask is because you can find (so I'm told) a Byzantine reading in older Alexandrian mss. So, within an Alexandrian manuscript, apparently you can find "non-Alexandrian" readings. I'm assuming that the Byzantine mss also contain non-Byzantine readings. Therefore, what makes a reading Byzantine or Alexandrian is not the particular ms it is in, but the 'actual wording' of the text. THAT is what I'm looking for: how to determine the 'actual wording' as Byzantine or Alexandrian (or Western, or other).
> What makes a Byzantine reading Byzantine? And whatI would take a pragmatic approach:
> makes an Alexandrian reading Alexandrian?
A Byzantine reading is a reading of which the majority
support is Byzantine.
Normally a Byzantine reading is also the Majority reading.
An Alexandrian reading is a reading of which the majority
support is Alexandrian.
The only question is how to define "majority". 55% or 75%?
It depends. There is no strict definition.
A Western reading is a reading supported by D and/or the Old
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany