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The Manuscript Tradition

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G, dated to the 11th-12th century, is by far the oldest witness of the manuscript tradition and holds the highest position in the stemma. It contains sentences and longer sections that, as seen above, are not attested by any other manuscript. The manuscript tradition consists of two main branches. This means that for the redaction of the critical text we had normally to choose between two variants, which often were very similar to each other and whose selection was consequently uncertain. The manuscripts deriving from γ (G, L, and K) often offered what we considered to be superior variants (both semantically and stylistically speaking), and by which it was also possible to restore passages and entire sections of the text which the witnesses of the branch deriving from δ (F, P, M, N) had in corrupted or incomplete form.

Keywords: Hebrew Text; manuscript tradition



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