I thought I would pass along a link to a lecture on New Testament Textual Criticism from Dirk Jongkind (Tyndale House Cambridge). Click here to be directed to the Evangelical Textual Criticism blog where you can find the link to his lecture.
I recently read an older article from John Wevers on guidelines for using the LXX in textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible. The more the I interact with the critical apparatus of BHS, the more his words ring true.
- Formal Correctness. Make sure the information you are reading in the apparatus is factually correct.
- Clarity of Citation. There are things in the apparatus that are unclear. Do your best to understand what is being stated.
- Adequacy. Consider all the relevant facts about the Greek tradition in question.
- Text tradition and its proper presentation. Consider the textual family of the Greek reading.
- Avoidance of the irrelevant. There is a lot of irrelevant information in the apparatus for textual criticism of the Hebrew text. Not all notes are created equal.
John Wevers, Text History and Text Criticism of the Septuagint, VT 29 (1977) 392-402.
Many thanks to David Stark for his post making me aware of Emmanuel Tov’s Scribal Practices and Approaches Reflected in the Texts Found in the Judean Desert are available as PDF’s in Tov’s publication section of his website.