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The Methodological Contribution of Günther Zuntz to the Text of Hebrews

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This essay seeks to bring into focus the methodological presuppositions and the specific approach of the textual critic and classical scholar Günther Zuntz. In his study, The Text of the Epistles (1953), Zuntz redefined the task of philological analysis. He insisted that recensio, examinatio, and emendatio need to be applied to the enormously accumulating evidence. Accepting Griesbach's notion of three large regional sources of New Testament texts, Zuntz criticized Griesbach's assumption that recensional activities, exerted a formative influence upon early regional texts. He was willing to demonstrate that each source of transmission is capable of testifying independently.


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