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The Text of Ephesians Exhibited by Minuscule Manuscripts Housed in Great Britain Some Preliminary Comments

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"The vast majority of Minuseule MSS. has little or no value for textual criticism". So wrote Wikenhauser in 1956 or earlier; though he did add "but an exception must be made for the few Minuseules which are copies of lost valuable Majuscules"; he then goes on somewhat illogically to praise von Soden for having given so much attention to the Minuseule MSS. Similar attitudes can be echoed in most handbooks on textual criticism and Professor Aland has shown how few manuscripts were actually used even by Westcott and Hort in the course of their work. This chapter achieves for Ephesians and Colossians what Josef Schmid did for the Apocalypse. Schmid had considerably more text to deal with (9818 words against 4002), but approximately only a third of the number of manuscripts, and therefore the task now on hand can be reckoned at least as complicated if not more so.

Keywords: Colossians; Ephesians; Josef Schmid; Minuscule Manuscripts; Professor Aland; textual criticism; von Soden; Wikenhauser



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