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The Need for an Accurate and Comprehensive Collation af All Known Greek Nt Manuscripts with Their Individual Variants Noted in Pleno

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Edmund Wilson in his book, To the Finland Station, writes about the French Historian, H.-A. Taine. It is not only historians who fall into that trap, but also some of the giants in the field of Textual Criticism. Fact, so called, quickly turns to fiction when individual manuscripts are collated with known editions, let alone the independent evidence of recently discovered manuscripts and papyri being compared with them. Rev. F. H. A. Scrivener's method of quoting individual variants in pleno destroys the fallacy of accepting readings on a quantitative basis, because the quality of them all can be tested on any re-read of his works by whatever standard each collator is using. The only valid criticism which can be levelled at him is that his peculiar system of notation (quoting manuscripts by small Roman letters) is too limited for the vast number of manuscripts now available.

Keywords: Edmund Wilson; Greek NT Manuscripts; H.-A. Taine; papyri; pleno; Rev. F. H. A. Scrivener; Roman letters; Textual Criticism

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