Essay On The Right Estimation Of Manuscript Evidence; In The Text Of The New Testament

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byThomas Rawson Birks

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. ON THE LATERAL INDEPENDENCE OF MSS. 93. The subject, thus far, has been the relative weight of MSS. of different ages, on the-whole, or on the average through their whole extent. The oldest, it has been shewn, does not exceed the weight of two of the latest, and those of the date A. D. 300 or 350 do not rank higher than 10 or 9£ centuries of degradation, when referred to a uniform scale. 94. The true principle, however, of sound criticism, is not the grouping of MSS., as if each were a mere unit, by their collective agreements or differences. This would render the whole problem hopeless of solution from the entire absence of the historical materials, which are essential for a complete genealogy of the extant MSS. We ought, on the contrary, to resolve them into their different parts, and to collect the total evidence for the rival readings in each disputed passage, almost as if it stood alone. Critics have done this to a great extent from sheer necessity. But the reasons for this course, which is diametrically opposite to the principle of deciding by a grouping and classification of entire MSS., has never received a direct discussion. 95. Each Gospel or Epistle itself is one organic whole; and its parts are linked together by an essential and organic unity. But the errors which enter into the several copies, and distinguish them from each other, have no such unity. They arise either from carelessness, intentional corruption, or faulty attempts to correct and remove previous errors, on the part of successive copyists. Totals of error thus produced are bound together by no organic law, and have scarcely any dependence on each other in passing from one part of a MS. to another. Thus the errors in different parts of the same MS. have no late...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. ON THE LATERAL INDEPENDENCE OF MSS. 93. The subject, thus far, has been the relative weight of MSS. of different...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780217828901

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