Hi Folks, The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis. Second Edition (2012) The Greek Minuscules of the New
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The Text of the New Testament in
Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis. Second Edition
The Greek Minuscules of the New Testament
Barbara Aland, Klaus Wachtel
http://books.google.com/books?id=guYq9rohFQ8C&pg=PA74 For nearly 80 percent of the surviving manuscripts attest only the
late form of the full-blown Byzantine text,
with variants that derive from the later periodthat is, from the
thirteenth through fifteenth centuries. (p. 74-75)
Could anyone show me where we could find the
significant variants (majority of the Byzantine manuscripts, or at least
a solid minority) that:
"derive from the .... thirteenth
through fifteenth centuries".
Derive clearly means it is not in the
manuscript line, the versions, the ECW. Is this really a common
situation, as Aland and Wachtel indicate?
Can anybody supply even five variants out of the many thousand that match
On a broader basis we have:
witnesses... in which the Koine stands out
significantly from other forms of the text (p. 48)
Does that mean just by preponderance ?
In which case there is no problem, clearly the Byzantine text has many
variants that stand out from the Alexandrian and Western. The
problem is, these variants often have strong early support in versions,
manuscripts and ECW. In fact, if the support is too strong, the
variant is then labeled as, eg. "Western", even though it
stands out in the Byzantine.
Or, as above, is it claiming that the Byzantine/Koine readings are the
singular support ? If the latter, I would again like to see some
examples. In my experience, when I look at the apparatus it is very
rare to see any variants where the Byzantine readings don't have
versional or ECW antiquity support.
In 1982, Frederick Wisse said that Aland was begging the question on the
basic issues on the Byzantine text issues and variants.
The Profile Method for Classification and
Evaluation of Manuscript Evidence, as Applied to the Continuous Greek
Text of the Gospel of Luke
No one has ever presented a conclusive argument against the use of the
Certainly Hort's case against the late minuscules no longer convinces,
and Aland is begging the question.
Does anyone feel that this situation has
changed, when Aland and Wachtel in 2012 say, in Hort circular
"individual manuscripts or isolated
readings confirm the text of manuscripts already known to be
reliable" p. 073
Or when these two sentences are given, that
Scholars have thereby been provided with
resources that can be used both to determine which minuscules attest
early forms of the text and to establish "tentative
definitions" (Wisse). Moreover, in using these resources, the
investigator is not bound by any set of presuppositions. (p.