Re: Textual Criticism

From: Larry W. Hurtado (
Date: Thu Oct 26 1995 - 18:30:40 EDT

All I was trying to say about over-generalizations about scribal
tendencies is that we must beware about taking observations about what
might or might not be the more frequent scribal habit in this or that ms
or book of the NT and force such observations into some kind of
predictive rule. Nothing substitutes for examining each variation unit
carefully, taking account of *all* factors, including general tendencies
of scribes, specific types of variation that may pertain to the NT book
in question (e.g., in Mark harmonizations seem much more frequent than in
the other Synoptics), scribal tendencies of the particular ms being
examined, and other factors.

Larry Hurtado, Religion, Univ. of Manitoba

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