[b-hebrew] Is there an exactly specific number of witnesses?
JSpinti at Eisenbrauns.com
Fri Apr 25 08:32:26 EDT 2008
This is probably a question that should be asked on the TC-List
(textualcriticim at yahoogroups.com). But, the short answer is: there is no
comprehensive database, because not all the manuscripts have been
collated. The number is in flux also. For example, this summer a team
under Wallace discovered several new Greek mss.
The number I hear bounced around for Greek mss. is about 5,000. I am not
sure about the Hebrew.
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Subject: [b-hebrew] Is there an exactly specific number of witnesses?
If I asked 5 random biblical scholars how many Greek and how many Hebrew
witnesses - how many ancient witnesses in total - are currently known
for the Bible, what is the chance that they would all tell me the same
number; if 100%, then what is that total number? The number of Hebrew?
The number of Greek?
And a related question: Is there a single comprehensive database or
listing of every variant among "all" the witnesses?
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