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Making editions of the New Testament today

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Chapter Summary

The New Testament has to be edited from up to two thousand manuscripts, along with versions and patristic citations. This means that there is a huge amount of material to be collected, analysed and presented, an amount which individuals can no longer handle. Scholars who use computers to make editions are dealing with a variety of technical problems and challenges which often means that the editorial task itself has to be suspended until the difficulty is resolved. It is certainly not the case at present that the computer necessarily makes the task easier or quicker. It will only ever be as good as the quality of the editorial concepts and execution that have formed the edition. However, if the quality is good, the computer can be used to make the edition better. This chapter discusses the textual theory and in particular stemmatology. It then discusses the structure of critical editions.

Keywords: computers; editorial task; make editions; New Testament; patristic citations; stemmatology; textual theory

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