Recension or Process?
- Tommy Wasserman posted the SBL 2009 textual criticism program:
Especially interesting I found this one:
Dr. Klaus Wachtel, University of Muenster
The Byzantine Text of the Gospels: Recension or Process?
I am wondering what his argumentation will be. I am not sure, so far he
promoted a continuous development model, but this is based on the Catholic
Letters only, where the situation is quite different to the Gospels. This
model avoids the problem of an insufficiently attested recension. But is has
the new problem to explain the rather abrupt appearance of a text in the
late 3rd/early 4th CE which had already about 80-90% of the known Byzantine
In the Gospels I still think that some kind of recension best explains the
evidence, which created the base text of A, K, Pi etc. with about 75-90% of
all Byzantine readings. But this is an extremely difficult question, which
needs much more study.
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany