Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Graduate School of Theology

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Carroll D. Osburn

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

James W. Thompson

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Jeff W. Childers


Of the 5,487 manuscripts known today, fewer than half have been studied, yet curiously most have been assigned a text-type. The Byzantine minuscules are among the majority of these manuscripts which have been assigned a text-type even though they have not been studied. Hort's negative assessment of the Byzantine manusrcipts and their neglect by scholars such as Comfort, and K. Aland have caused them to be disregarded. However, until there is proof to the contrary, the Byzantine minuscules should play a meaningful role in the textual criticism of the Greek New Testament. More importantly, before manuscripts are assigned text-types or manuscript groupings, facts about the contents of the manuscripts should be in hand, in order to assure accurate assessment. Only then will textual critics be able to determine the history of the transmission of the Greek New Testament.

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