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  • Wieland Willker
    ... From: Daniel B. Wallace [mailto:csntm@runbox.com] Sent: Monday, September 14, 2009 10:09 AM To: willker@chemie.uni-bremen.de Subject: TC Chart Timesaver
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      From: Daniel B. Wallace [mailto:csntm@...]
      Sent: Monday, September 14, 2009 10:09 AM
      To: willker@...-bremen.de
      Subject: TC Chart Timesaver (TCCT): a new web-based

      I thought the following would be of interest to the members
      of the TC-List:

      TC Chart Timesaver (TCCT) converts text-data in the
      Nestle-Aland apparatus into a usable text-critical chart. It
      is available at www.nttextualcriticism.com. This current
      release (version 1.2), a web-based application for increased
      compatibility, works exclusively with "gothic M"
      manuscripts. (Later releases will expand on the manuscripts
      to be charted.) Deciphering and categorizing gothic M
      manuscripts has always been a time-consuming task for anyone
      working with the Nestle apparatus. To do it properly, one
      has to look at the front of the Nestle text and note which
      manuscripts belong to gothic M for the particular genre
      being studied (gospels, Paul, Acts, catholic letters,
      Revelation). These witnesses will only be cited explicitly
      when they disagree with gothic M. (Many don't realize that
      not all the manuscripts under the gothic M umbrella are
      Byzantine manuscripts. Placing all these manuscripts under
      gothic M is simply a convenient way to list the manuscripts
      without swelling the apparatus. Clarity and cost are
      sacrificed to concision; it's a good trade-off, but has
      created some time-consuming activities for those working
      with the text of the NT.)

      The individual then has to look at the particular textual
      problem in question and observe which of the gothic M
      manuscripts are reading against gothic M--that is, with
      another variant. One might think that it would be safe to
      assume that the manuscripts that don't disagree with gothic
      M must agree with it in this place, but that is not the
      case. For example, although 1506 is listed as a member of
      gothic M for Paul's letters, one would be mistaken to assume
      that it reads in Eph 2.21. Just because it doesn't disagree
      with gothic M there does not mean that it agrees with it. A
      glance at the back of Nestle-Aland27 reveals that 1506
      doesn't read in Ephesians at all, even though it does read
      in other Pauline letters! All too frequently, lack of
      attention to the details or lack of understanding of how the
      Nestle apparatus operates has led to blunders when recording
      manuscript data. And that has often resulted in skewed
      interpretation that affects one's views of the whole textual
      problem. This program is designed to eliminate the guesswork
      and correct the inaccuracies, enabling you to have a chart
      of accurate data from which you can begin to make your
      text-critical decisions.

      The program requires that you own a copy of the Nestle-Aland
      27 text; there are no operating system requirements.

      Please visit the www.nttextualcriticism.com site to see how
      this works. Matthew chapter 1 is the demo version. An
      instruction manual will be available soon, although most of
      the tasks should be intuitive.

      Here's hoping for greater accuracy and less wasted time in
      analyzing the NT MS data!


      Daniel B. Wallace, PhD
      Professor of New Testament Studies
      Dallas Theological Seminary
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