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Among the early NT manuscripts, Alexandrinus reflects a beginning effort at unit delimitation that had yet to be formalized in the manuscript tradition. The error-prone habit of the Greek scribes is in Alexandrinus as well. Concerning the transmission of the Eusebian Apparatus in Alexandrinus, the error rates for both the placement of the Ammonian sections and the recording of the canon number values were significantly higher than those found in the sample Latin manuscripts. The greater frequency and length of cascading errors in Alexandrinus, when compared to the other Greek manuscripts that were sampled, serve as a testimony to the carelessness of the scribes with regard to the transmission of the canon numbers. The subjective evaluation of scribal hands and the description of scribal habits are absolutely necessary to accomplish the work of textual criticism, papyrology, and the like.

Keywords: Alexandrinus; Eusebian Apparatus; Greek manuscripts; papyrology; textual criticism



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