Sleepy Scribes and Clever Critics: A Classification of Conjectures on the Text of the New Testament

B.L.F. Kamphuis, J.L.H. Krans, S. Castelli, L.J. Lietaert Peerbolte

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    Abstract

    This article presents a classification of conjectures on the text of the New Testament. It focusses on the types of arguments used by conjectural critics. The argumentation for a conjecture basically comprises (1) the perception of a problem (or problems) in the transmitted text and (2) the suggestion of a cause (or causes) for the supposed scribal change. Type (or types) of perceived problems and of supposed causes are classified, and illustrated with a range of important conjectures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)72-90
    Number of pages19
    JournalNovum Testamentum
    Volume57
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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