Sense units and manuscript families: a test proposal

Adams, S. A. (2016) Sense units and manuscript families: a test proposal. In: Fuller Dow, L. K., Evans, C. A. and Pitts, A. W. (eds.) The Language and Literature of the New Testament: Essays in Honour of Stanley E. Porter’s 60th Birthday. Series: Biblical interpretation series (150). Brill: Leiden, pp. 170-200. ISBN 9789004334892

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In this article I engage with two of Porter’s interests, sense units and manuscripts, and attempt to test a theory that sense-unit divisions might assist in determining family relationships among manuscripts. The article begins with a brief discussion of Galen’s De indolentia, which provided the initial idea for this paper. Following this we will investigate how scribes may or may not have copied sense-unit divisions by comparing two manuscripts of Clement’s Paedagogus that are known to be directly related. Finally, we will examine how one familial grouping of manuscripts (D, F, G, 0319) compare to each other in terms of their sense-unit divisions in a test passage (i.e., Romans). The division patterns found will be contrasted with other manuscripts thought to be of a different tradition (א, A, B). Overall, it will be determined that there is some possibility to identify manuscript relationships using sense-unit divisions, though this is dependent on the habits of the scribes involved.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Professor Sean
Authors: Adams, S. A.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies

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