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The Erotic Life of Manuscripts: New Testament Textual Criticism and the Biological Sciences

Yii-Jan Lin


This book explores the relationship between the field of New Testament textual criticism and the biological sciences, beginning in the eighteenth century and extending to the present. The traditional goal of modern textual criticism is to reconstruct an “original text” from surviving manuscripts, adjudicating among all variant texts resulting from scribal hand-copying. Because of the way manuscripts circulate and give rise to new copies, it can be said that they have an “erotic” life: they mate and breed, bear offspring, and generate families and descendants. New Testament textual critics have ... More

Keywords: textual criticism, New Testament, history of science, race theory, phylogeny, literary theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190279806
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190279806.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yii-Jan Lin, author
Assistant Professor of New Testament, Pacific School of Religion