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Editorial Methods

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The original version is transmitted in just one undamaged manuscript with no serious scribal errors; therefore no issues arise that could complicate a critical edition of the text. The situation for the later version cannot be more different, and an edition in the conventional way has proved impossible. Even if one leaves out all excerpts and later redactions of the text, there are two main issues which cannot be resolved satisfactorily if one applied the standard editorial methods. The second major issue in editing the later version is that it is transmitted in two branches which in some places almost appear to be separate versions. If a manuscript is damaged and one or two letters are illegible or missing and the transmission in all others is unanimous, this is not mentioned in the apparatus.

Keywords: editorial methods; manuscript



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