Re: [textualcriticism] book: Papyri of Matthew
Wieland Willker wrote:
Out now: Min, Kyoung Shik Die früheste Überlieferung des Matthäusevangeliums (bis zum 3./4. Jh.) Edition and Analysis (Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung 34) X, 357 pages publisher: Walter de Gruyter, Berlin ISBN 3-11-018281-5 € 98,00 / US$ 128,00 Blurb: For this volume, thirteen papyri and a majuscule have been edited and undergone a critical textual examination. Through these methods, the accuracy of the copyists' writing (manner of tradition) and the quality of the master copies of the text or chains of text are placed into close relation. This procedure allows for a relatively accurate evaluation of relatively small fragments. The result shows that despite numerous small mistakes the early papyri have preserved a text which is very close to the "original". ---------------- The book is a dissertation under B. Aland and one can see her helping hand everywhere. In my opinion this book is most important for its new edition of all Matthean papyri. It gives complete bibliography (exhaustive!) and discusses the problems. There are several images of his reconstruction of the complete papyri pages. Very good! Unfortunately the interpretation is in my view quite repetitive and rather pointless. The author tries to assign errors to either the scribe of that papyrus or to his copy. This, of course, is very difficult, subjective and often not convincing. Since he often assigns the errors to the scribe, his conclusion then is: bad scribe - good tradition. Well, so what? Also there is a constant tendency in the book to downplay the "Western" texttype. He explains Western readings as random occurrences. Of course, with small papyri it is very difficult to say if they really belong to the Western texttype or if the Western reading is just am exception here. He may well be right with his estimation, but it is impossible to prove. His extended discussion of several selected TC problems is helpful. He notes two articles by Aland that are not yet out, AFAIK: "The Significance of the Chester Beatty Papyri in Early Church History." and "Textkritische und exegetische Beobachtungen zu den neu gefundenen Papyri P100-P116." Best wishes Wieland <><
thanx for the information.
The article of B.Aland you mentioned first was published in Horton, Charles (ed.): "The Earliest Gospels: The Origins and Transmission of the Earliest Christian Gospels - The Contribution of the Chester Beatty Gospel Codex P45", JSNTS 258 (2004), pp. 108-121.