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This introductory chapter of the book A Survey of the researches into the western text of the Gospels and acts provides an overview of the book. The inquiries during the years 1949 to 1969 can be divided into two periods of about ten years each. In the first ten years the result of work done in the previous decades was evaluated. The second period was dominated by some spectacular discoveries. Textual critics were obliged to fit these discoveries into the picture they favoured of the history of the text. The book shows that studies of the Syriac text and the Egyptian text have their bearing upon the Latin text and especially upon the Caesarean text. It points to some important studies which do not deal with the Western Text in particular but nevertheless touch the problem in one way or another.

Keywords: Caesarean Text; Egyptian text; Gospels; Syriac text

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