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The Ancient Witnesses of the Epistle to the Hebrews: A computer-assisted analysis of the papyrus and uncial manuscripts of PROS EBRAIOUS: A thesis presented for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of Murdoch University, 1999

"My PhD dissertation is concerned with the text of a New Testament epistle entitled "To the Hebrews." It documents the transcription, collation and analysis of collation results for about 30 manuscripts (MSS), dated between ~200 and ~1000 AD. Multivariate analysis produced "maps" showing MS affiliations inherent in the collation results, from the perspectives of both substantive and orthographic variants. The results are surprising: maps of orthographic and substantive variants are similar even though they are based on differing sets of data. This suggests a common underlying cause of affiliation, which I attribute to the geographic origins of the MSS. If this is correct then multivariate analysis of orthographic and substantive variants can be used to indicate provenance in MS traditions with many surviving copies...."

Author(s):  Finney, Tim
Format:  Book
Publisher:  Murdoch University
Date:  1999