The New Testament in the original Greek

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Brooke Foss Westcott, Fenton John Anthony Hort
Macmillan, 1885 - Bible - 618 pages

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Page 564 - K'/ticu connect the several documents. The importance of genealogy in textual criticism is at once shown by the considerations that no multiplication of copies, or of copies of copies, can give their joint testimony any higher authority than that of the single document from which they sprang, and that one early document may have left a single descendant, another a hundred or a thousand. Since then identical numerical relations among existing documents are compatible with the utmost dissimilarity...
Page 583 - If comparative trivialities, such as changes of order, the insertion or omission of the article with proper names, and the like, are set aside, the words in our opinion still subject to doubt can hardly amount to more than a thousandth part of the NT" (Westcott and Hort, The NT in Greek, I.
Page 577 - XB marks those portions of text in which two primitive and entirely separate lines of transmission had not come to differ from each other through independent corruption in the one or the other. Accordingly, with certain limited classes of exceptions, the readings of XB combined may safely be accepted as genuine in the absence of specially strong internal evidence to the contrary, and can never be safely rejected altogether.
Page 583 - But this ease and simplicity is in fact the mark of evidence too scanty to be tested ; whereas in the variety and fullness of .the evidence on which it rests the text of the New Testament stands absolutely and unapproachably alone among prose writings.
Page 568 - Greek theology, except so far as they were adopted into eclectic texts : a few writers offer rare traces of the expiring tradition, but nothing more. The Old Latin version in both its earlier forms was Western from the first. The Old Syriac, so far as can be judged from a single imperfect MS of the Gospels, was at least predominantly Western too. But indeed the Western influence to a certain extent affected every ancient version sooner or later: in those of Upper Egypt, Ethiopia, and Armenia it is...
Page 599 - WHEREVER it has been found impossible to decide that one of two or more various readings is certainly right, alternative readings are given : and no alternative reading is given which does not appear to have a reasonable probability of being the true reading.
Page 594 - ... the scantiness and comparative vagueness of the textual materials contained in them. The only period for which we have anything like a sufficiency of representative knowledge consists roughly of three quarters of a century from about 175 to 250 : but the remains of four eminent Greek Fathers, which range through this period, cast a strong light on textual history backward and forward. They are...
Page 611 - Postea quum accubuissent undecim, apparuit eis lesus, et exprobravit incredulitatem et duritiam cordis eorum quia his qui viderant eum resurgentem non crediderunt. Et illi satisfaciebant dicentes: Saeculum istud iniquitatis et incredulitatis substantia (vl sub Satana) est quae non sinit per immundos spiritus veram dei apprehendi virtutem. Idcirco iam nunc revela iustitiam tuam).

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