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The Number of Variants in the Greek New Testament: A Proposed Estimate

  • Peter J. Gurry (a1)
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Since the publication of John Mill's Greek New Testament in 1707, scholars have shown repeated interest in the number of textual variants in our extant witnesses. Past estimates, however, have failed to tell who estimated, how the estimate was derived, or even what was being estimated. This study addresses all three problems and so offers an up-to-date estimate based on the most extensive collation data available. The result is a higher number than almost all previous estimates. Proper use shows that the number reflects the frequency with which scribes copied more than their infidelity in doing so.

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M. Spencer and C. J. Howe , ‘How Accurate Were Scribes? A Mathematical Model’, Literary and Linguistic Computing 17.3 (2002) 311–22

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New Testament Studies
  • ISSN: 0028-6885
  • EISSN: 1469-8145
  • URL: /core/journals/new-testament-studies
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