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This chapter speaks of a manuscript's "scribe" in the ordinary way, that is, meaning the person who actually wrote the manuscript. Discussions of the scribe's handwriting or corrections, refers to this person. However, in the discussions of patterns of errors, particularly those readings that are later termed "significant singulars," it should be kept in mind as a theoretical possibility that these patterns are in fact the results of the activity of a complex scribe. Colwell's approach is reasonable and provides an objective way to isolate readings that are scribally created. The chapter turns to the specific methodology used to isolate these singular readings. First, the chapter takes a brief look at another approach to scribal habits, which lacks the methodological rigor introduced by Colwell. It examines scribal habits of Codex Vaticanus, J.C. O'Neill. The chapter then considers the method adopted by Barbara Aland in several articles on the early papyri.

Keywords: Barbara Aland's method; early papyri; O'Neill's method; scribal habits; singular readings



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