Re: [textualcriticism] Re: How many copies did a scribe use when making a new manuscript
- Sure, Eddie. Certainly there were single scribes that may have copied a mss and perhaps had two exemplars from different text types. I would think that any two mss were probably variants. A single scribe producing just one manuscript, however, is the least expedient and efficient process, however. A lector reading from an exemplar for 6 scribes would be the most efficient manner to produce multiple mss for sale from a scriptorium. A scribe working alone on one mss from one or two exemplars would be more prone to errors of parablepsis (dittography, haplography) while the multiple scribes listening to a lector, more prone to hearing errors. Of course, the mss used by the lector could also have had parableptic errors explaining why we see certain errors repeated in certain text types.JackJack KilmonSan Antonio, TX----- Original Message -----From: Eddie MishoeSent: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:19 PMSubject: Re: [textualcriticism] Re: How many copies did a scribe use when making a new manuscript
If my memory serves me correctly, I have read where several early mss are of the Alexandrian text-type but have Western readings in some passages or verses. This would tell me that the scribe had at least 1 Alexandrian ms and 1 Western ms (or his exemplar came from such a combination). That some mss have portions of a book, sometimes just a few passages here and there, of readings from two different text-types would seem to argue that at least these scribes had multiple mss in front of them as they were producing a new ms, right?