Hi Folks, Question about the Westcott and Hort GNT history. I wonder if the private, confidential, secret Westcott-Hort text given to the revision around 1871
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, Apr 12, 2011
Question about the Westcott and Hort GNT history.
I wonder if the private, confidential, secret Westcott-Hort text given to
the revision around 1871 been checked for any differences from their 1881
published GNT ?
In 2009 Teunis Van Lopik, referencing assistance from Maurice Robinson,
discussed where the early Westcott-Hort text was kept in Cambridge, and
who received the text.
W-H NT in the Original Greek: another
question for information; Answered
http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/textualcriticism/message/4508 In Cambridge are copies of the "confidential" pre-1881-text
of W-H. There is one copy of the set of 5 instalments in the Divinity
Faculty Library and another (without the Catholic Epistels?) in Trinity
College. In the Upper Library of St John's College is a copy of the
Gospels, July 1871. That copy is presented to the classical scholar John
Eyton Bickersteth Mayor. So, among "the few others scholars"
who recieved confidentially specimens are Mayor and Reuss. (details of
each volume follows)
Some discussions of these manuscripts
indicate that this was simply an advanced edition of the later
Westcott-Hort 1881 text, typos corrected. However, one important
sources says differently. The western non-interpolation verses would be
one important check.
Does anybody on the forum know whether the texts are actually
unchanged, identical ? Other than typos.
I have a number of references about this history available.
One example is Isaac Hollister Hall (1837-1896), who discusses when each
volume came forth.
American Greek Testaments:
A critical bibliography of the Greek New Testament as published in
Isaac Hollister Hall
http://books.google.com/books?id=XRtVAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA57 Before publishing, Westcott and Hort issued
successive " confidential" instalments of the Greek text to the
members of the Company of Revisers of the English New Testament, and to a
few other scholars. The Gospels, with a temporary preface of 28 pages,
were thus issued in July, 1871; the Acts in February, 1873; the Catholic
Epistles in December, 1873; the Pauline Epistles in February, 1875; and
the Apocalypse in December, 1876.
Hall mentions that a few misprints were
corrected from first impressions, the strongest testimony that no changes
were made, yet short of conclusive.
However the Westcott-Hort writing does
indicate some changes (emphasis added, also in the earlier posts
The New Testament in the original Greek, the
text revised by B.F. Westcott and F.J.A. Hort (1881)
http://books.google.com/books?id=gZ4HAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA18 The work to which this provisional issue was due has afforded
opportunity for renewed consideration of many details, especially
on the side of interpretation; and we have been thankful to include any
fresh results thus or otherwise obtained, before printing off for
publication. Accordingly many corrections dealing with punctuation or
otherwise of a minute kind, together with occasional modifications of
reading, have been introduced into the stereotype plates within the
last few months.
So what were the occasional modifications
of readings ?
And were any western non-interpolations involved ?
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