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Thoroughgoing Eclecticism

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All modern printed critical editions of the Greek New Testament are eclectic editions, that is to say their editors have selected the text from a number of manuscripts at their disposal. Thoroughgoing eclecticism is one of the names given to the procedure for dealing with textual variation that prefers to debate each and every variant wherever these arise and to reach a decision not only on the reading most likely to represent the original words of the original author but also on the motives why the variant(s) arose. Radical eclecticism is another way of describing the process, but again that may be unfortunate in implying that it is irresponsible and extreme. Thoroughgoing eclecticism applies certain criteria to assist its decision-making process.

Keywords: Greek; New Testament; thoroughgoing eclecticism



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