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Sleepy Scribes and Clever Critics

A Classification of Conjectures on the Text of the New Testament

In: Novum Testamentum
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  • 1 , Amsterdam1
  • | 2 , Amsterdam
  • | 3 , Amsterdam
  • | 4 , Amsterdam
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This article presents a classification of conjectures on the text of the New Testament. It focusses on the types of arguments used by conjectural critics. The argumentation for a conjecture basically comprises (1) the perception of a problem (or problems) in the transmitted text and (2) the suggestion of a cause (or causes) for the supposed scribal change. Type (or types) of perceived problems and of supposed causes are classified, and illustrated with a range of important conjectures.

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