Re: Style analysis

Date: Wed Sep 13 1995 - 14:55:13 EDT

Mark O'brien wrote,
>As part of a project to possibly propose a consistent method for evaluating
internal support for textual variants, I am interested in finding out a
more about analyzing the style of the various NT writings. To be specific,
criterion are used when evaluating the style of NT Greek?<

The person that I know of who used style as a criterion in textual decisions
was G.D.Kilpatrick. About all that he published in the area was an
occassional journal article. Several were in Novum Testamentum. His student
J.K. Elliott at Leeds in England does a lot of reviews in Novum Testamentum,
but I do not know of anything he has published.
Kilpatrick often made his textual decisions on stylistic considerations
alone. I heard him say several times that the only thing he used the
manuscripts for was to isolate the variant readings, but that they were all
equally untrustworthy. For instance in his Diglot on Mark at Mark 1:14 he
preferred KAI META over META DE in spite of the overwhelming mss support
because the former was more in keeping with Markan style.
Carlton Winbery
LA College, Pineville, LA

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