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The six papyri have preserved a total of 1386 singular readings, along with 469 asterisked readings, and 888 corrections. The purpose of this chapter is to survey the categories into which the singular readings have been assigned, to call attention to some interesting phenomena, and to make some comparisons among the six papyri. It emphasizes that in order to make reasoned assertions about scribal habits it is crucial to rely on a wide sample of readings that is obtained in an objective manner. The overall accuracy of a scribe is evidently the frequency with which he correctly copies his Vorlage. In order to calculate the rates of error one need some measurement of the amount of text found in the six papyri. The figures for harmonization may more appropriately be given in terms of percentages of the total number of harmonizations.

Keywords: harmonization; papyri; scribal habits; singular readings



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